published: Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Three indicted on tax fraud charges
FORT MYERS -- United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an eight count indictment charging Desmond Holden, Kinjonah Coston, and Octavis Jones with conspiracy to prepare fraudulent tax returns, theft of public money and aggravated identity theft.
This case was originally investigated by Det. Barbara Hair of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and was subsequently turned over to the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation division.
Holden and Coston, both of Lake Placid, were arrested in Highlands County by IRS Special Agents accompanied by HCSO deputies. Jones turned himself in to authorities.
If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each of the conspiracy and theft of public money offenses and a consecutive minimum sentence of two years' imprisonment for each aggravated identity charge. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States intends to forfeit all assets, which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offenses.
According to the indictment, Holden, Coston and Jones participated in a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal income tax refunds by preparing and filing false tax returns. They filed these returns in the names of people whose identities they had stolen by obtaining the victims' Social Security numbers and other identifiers. The defendants would then direct the money from the fraudulent refunds to be deposited onto debit cards or money orders, which they would then convert to their personal use.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
(by: Blindman~ - 5/4/2013)
They should work them on a chain gang under a whip~
So Sad! (by: sebring_resident - 5/2/2013)
what a shameful bunch a ignorant people. Go out, get a job like everyone else, Taco Bell is hiring management staff right now. Why do you have to steal from innocent people? What a sick sad bunch of thugs, that is exactly what they are? Put them in prison, throw away the key or drop them by parachute in the middle of Iraq or Afghanistan.
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