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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 17, 2020

Jamaican Native Convicted Of Fraud Pleads Guilty To Failure To Report For Sentencing

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Daciann Brown, 30, a Jamaican native residing in Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to failure to appear for sentencing before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that in May 2018, the defendant pleaded guilty to wire fraud, false claims, and fraud related to identification documents. Brown purported to be a tax preparer and filed 66 false tax returns on behalf of 44 taxpayers with the IRS. Thirteen of those taxpayers did not know the defendant was filing returns using their personal information. Brown was scheduled to be sentenced on August 28, 2018. However, the defendant failed to appear on that date, and an arrest warrant was issued. On June 3, 2020, Brown was arrested by the U.S. Marshal Service.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent-in-Charge, and the U.S. Marshal Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina.

Sentencing on both the failure to appear and fraud charges will scheduled at a later date before Chief Judge Geraci.

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Updated July 17, 2020