Buffalo Woman Sentenced On Tax Fraud Charge
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Malisha Mobley, 30, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government in the filing of false tax returns, was sentenced to three years probation to include six months home detention by U.S. District Judge Richard J Arcara. The defendant has also been ordered to pay restitution totaling $33,016.00 to the Internal Revenue Service and $4,177.00 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who handled 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, Mobley 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.
James Chatmon was convicted and will be sentenced on October 7, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. by Judge Arcara.
The sentencing 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.