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Case Number: 8:17-cr-00466-PWG
Judge: Paul W. Grimm
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Prince George's County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Greenbelt, Maryland criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit theft of public money, theft of public money and aggravated identity theft.
From 2011 to 2013, Devell Lincoln, 55, conspired with Stephanie Twyman and others to cash tax refund checks fraudulently obtained by filing false federal income tax returns in the names of other individuals with the IRS. In total, the conspirators cashed more than $500,000 in fraudulent refunds at a check-cashing business, and Lincoln deposited more than $150,000 in fraudulent refunds using bank accounts under his control.
From 2011 to 2013, false federal income tax returns were filed with the IRS using the names and Social Security numbers of unwitting taxpayers and seeking fraudulent refunds. When the refunds were received, Lincoln and his co-conspirators cashed the checks at a check-cashing business. In addition, from 2010 to 2014, Lincoln deposited fraudulent refunds into bank accounts under his control. While two of these accounts were in Lincoln’s name, one bank account was held in the name of a third party, who was deceased, and one was in the name of a company registered under the deceased person’s name, with the deceased person as the signatory.
Twyman pleaded guilty to theft of government money and aggravated identity theft on July 3, 2019, for her role in the refund scheme. She is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
Lincoln is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date and faces a statutory minimum of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, a maximum sentence of five years for conspiracy, and a maximum sentence of 10 years for theft of public money. Lincoln also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and monetary penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner for the District of Maryland made the announcement.
IRS-Criminal Investigations and the Treasury Department’s Office of the Inspector General investigated the case.
Trial Attorney Abigail Burger Chingos of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica C. Collins of the District of Maryland are prosecuting the case.
Outcome: 07/26/2021 217 GOVERNMENT'S EXHIBIT LIST by USA as to Devell Lincoln. (heps, Deputy Clerk) Modified on 7/26/2021 (heps, Deputy Clerk). (Entered: 07/26/2021)
07/26/2021 218 DEFENDANT'S EXHIBIT LIST by Devell Lincoln. (heps, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 07/26/2021)
07/26/2021 219 Jury Instructions as to Devell Lincoln. (heps, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 07/26/2021)
07/26/2021 PAPERLESS NOTICE OF HEARING by U.S. Attorney's Office as to Devell Lincoln. In Person Proceedings PLEASE NOTE: Defendant is not in custody. A writ has not been requested. A come up has not been requested. An interpreter will not be needed. Sentencing set for 10/27/2021 09:30 AM in Greenbelt (for specific location, refer to court website:www.mdd.uscourts.gov/calendar/calendar.asp) before Judge Paul W. Grimm.(Collins, Jessica) (Entered: 07/26/2021)
Defendant was found guilty.