Three Charged With Filing Fraudulent Claims For Federal Income Tax Refunds
Public Affairs Officer
DAYTON, OHIO -- A federal grand jury here has indicted Ebony F. Taste, 27, Trotwood, Saleen M. Nolan, 25, Dayton, and Jazmen Yates, 29, Galloway, with one count of conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds, totaling in excess of $150,000, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition, each was charged individually with filing false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS; Taste was charged with five counts, Nolan with four counts, and Yates with four counts.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Kathy A. Enstrom, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office and Gavin McClaren, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, Cleveland, Ohio announced the indictment filed today.
The indictment accuses Taste, Nolan, and Yates with participating in a conspiracy between late 2008 and April 2011. The indictment alleges that Taste, Nolan, and Yates obtained personal identifying information, including names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers belonging to other individuals. Yates is also accused with recruiting purported taxpayers and directing them to Taste.
Taste and Nolan allegedly prepared and filed false income tax returns in the names of the purported taxpayers. Each of the false income tax returns falsely claimed substantial income tax refunds. It has been alleged that Taste and Nolan instructed the IRS to wire transfer the false income tax refunds to various bank accounts the two defendants controlled. Taste, Nolan, and Yates allegedly kept a portion of the fraudulently obtained income tax refunds for themselves and provided the remainder of the income tax refunds to the purported taxpayers.
"Law abiding citizens expect the government to hold accountable those who use deceit and fraud to line their pockets with money, especially when that money represents stolen federal taxes," said Kathy A. Enstrom, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.
An indictment is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Filing false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brent Tabacchi and investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Veterans Administration Office of Inspector General.