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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Buffalo Woman Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
FAX #:                 (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Malisha Mobley, 30, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government in the filing of false tax returns before U.S. District Judge Richard J Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant obtained fraudulent W-2 forms from James Chatmon and used the forms to file false tax returns for tax years 2011, 2012 and 2014.  As a result the defendant obtained tax refunds which she was not entitled to receive.

In addition, Mobely recruited two other individuals to file false tax returns by providing them with the fraudulent W-2 forms obtained from James Chatmon. Those individuals used the forms to file false tax returns for tax year 2012. As a result of the defendant’s actions, losses to the Internal Revenue Service and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance totaled $37,193.00

The plea is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen.                  

Sentencing is scheduled for August 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.  before Judge Arcara.

Updated May 7, 2015