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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cincinnati Woman Indicted for Embezzlement Scheme, Defrauding IRS

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged Angelia Zwick, a/k/a Angelia Strunk, 45, of Cincinnati, with one count of wire fraud and three counts of willfully filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office, and Mark Porter, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, announced the indictment that was returned today.

The indictment alleges that from approximately July 2009 through May 2013, Angelia Zwick worked for a Cincinnati employer and devised a scheme to defraud her employer by embezzling funds in excess of her authorized pay and compensation. Zwick allegedly wired the stolen funds from her employer’s bank account to a bank account for Amerihealth and Life Solutions, LLC (“Amerihealth”), a company owned by Zwick.

Zwick allegedly took the refunds intended for her employer’s clients and diverted those refunds into bank accounts controlled by Zwick in the amount of approximately $328,000.

It has been alleged that Zwick filed false income tax returns with the IRS for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 income tax years. For the 2010 income tax year, Zwick failed to report as income the funds she embezzled from her employer and she claimed false expenses for Amerihealth. For the 2011 and 2012 income tax years, Zwick claimed false expenses for Amerihealth.

“No matter what the source of income, all income is taxable,” said Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. “The prosecution of individuals who intentionally conceal income and evade taxes is a vital element of the IRS' enforcement strategy.”

Wire fraud is a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, and filing a false income tax return with the IRS in a crime punishable by up to three years imprisonment.

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the IRS and U.S. Secret Service, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Mangan, who is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated May 19, 2016