Jackson Woman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud Conspiracy

From:  News Release   10/6/17   GCN

Jackson, Miss – Alsher Williams 39, of Jackson, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to defraud the United States by aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jerome McDuffie. Williams was also ordered to pay $128,112.22 in restitution.

Williams and other co-conspirators caused the presentation of false claims to the IRS by preparing and submitting false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, Forms 1040, for tax years 2009 through 2012, using stolen identities. Approximately 90 refunds totaling $128,112.22 were deposited into a bank account controlled by Williams. The conspiracy included 865 false claims totaling over $1 million in fraud. Co-conspirators Tiffany Brown, Shonda Williams, and Larry Crawford were convicted and sentenced earlier this year.

Special Agent in Charge Jerome R. McDuffie of IRS Criminal Investigation stated: "Today, Alsher Williams suffered the consequences of being a willing co-conspirator in the identity theft and tax crimes committed by Tiffany Brown, Shonda Williams, and Larry Crawford. Identity Theft is a continuing investigative priority for the Special Agents of IRSCI. No matter what role an individual plays in a tax-related identity theft scheme, know that we will pursue their prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, and will seek to hold them accountable for the violations they have committed against the taxpayers we are sworn to protect."

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Helen Wall.