Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—December 18, 2014. A Pike Road, Alabama, man was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison today for committing stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) crimes, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek for the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama.
Charlie Jackson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on May 5, and was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $98,177 in restitution. According to court documents, from October 2010 up until April 2013, Jackson was involved in SIRF crimes—the use of stolen identities to steal money from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—by filing fraudulent tax returns claiming refunds in the victims’ names. He admitted to obtaining stolen identities from various sources, including from nursing homes. Altogether, the false tax returns filed by Jackson fraudulently claimed more than $170,000 in refunds. Many of the returns were detected as fraudulent by the IRS and were not issued, however, Jackson was successful in defrauding the IRS of more than $90,000 in illegitimate refunds.
This case was investigated by special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Michael C. Boteler and Charles M. Edgar Jr. of the Tax Division prosecuted the case with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division website.