Description: Baltimore, MD - Maryland Man Pleads Guilty in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme
Posed as Treasury Employee to get Information about Ongoing Investigation into his Conduct
A Temple Hills, Maryland man pleaded guilty on July 27, 2017 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and false personation.
According to the Indictment and information provided to the court, Anthony Ferguson participated in a stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy from January 2012 through May 2016. Ferguson and his co-conspirators obtained personal identifying information from several sources and used those identities to file tax returns and obtain fraudulent refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In 2016, Ferguson pretended to be an employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and sent text messages to a witness in an attempt to obtain the details of an ongoing criminal investigation into his conduct.
Defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for conspiring to file false refund claims, 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, three years in prison for false personation and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft. Ferguson also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), who conducted the investigation.
Additional information about the Tax Divisionís enforcement efforts can be found on the divisionís website.