Brentwood woman sentenced to 81 months in prison for serial tax fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft | USAO-NDCA
OAKLAND – Jehoaddan Wilson was sentenced today in federal court to 81 months for filing false tax returns, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in a tax fraud scheme that caused $902 in losses $040, announced U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Mark H. Pearson. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar.
Wilson, 41, of Brentwood, was convicted by a federal jury on September 28, 2021 of five counts of filing a false tax return, five counts of wire fraud and five counts of aggravated identity theft . Trial evidence showed that Wilson obtained personal identifying information from dozens of unsuspecting individuals through lies and misrepresentations and then filed fraudulent tax returns on their behalf.
Evidence presented at trial showed that Wilson perpetrated his scheme by obtaining the victims’ Social Security numbers either by manipulating them into providing the information under false pretenses or by obtaining their Social Security numbers without their knowledge. Wilson then filed tax returns on behalf of each victim containing false information and fraudulently claiming a tax refund. In each return, Wilson requested that the tax refund be deposited between at least two bank accounts, one or both of which were Wilson’s personal bank accounts. In sum, Wilson filed fraudulent tax returns for people without their knowledge or consent, causing the federal government to pay undue tax refunds and deposit those refunds in bank accounts controlled by Wilson. .
At trial, a victim testified that she provided her personal identifying information to Wilson on the understanding that Wilson, who posed as a legitimate tax preparer, would help her file her tax return. Unbeknownst to the victim, Wilson made numerous misrepresentations about the victim’s employment, expenses, and income in the tax return which fraudulently claimed a tax refund. Wilson also requested, without the victim’s knowledge or consent, that approximately half of the tax refund be deposited into Wilson’s bank account. In another case, an elderly woman fell victim to Wilson’s scheme when Wilson or one of his associates visited the woman’s retirement community and convinced her to provide her credentials to get help. free money from a so-called “Obama Stimulus” federal government plan. Wilson used the personal information to file a tax return on the elderly woman’s behalf without her knowledge. The tax return, filled with false information, generated a fraudulent tax refund, and Wilson directed about half of the refund to his own bank account. Wilson victimized a third party, according to trial evidence, by obtaining the victim’s identifying information and filing a false tax return in his name while incarcerated and without his knowledge, enriching himself again. Wilson exploited a fourth and fifth victim using a similar scheme of obtaining their identifying information, filing false tax returns on their behalf without their knowledge or consent, and having a portion of the refunds deposited. tax on his bank accounts.
Evidence presented at trial also established that search warrants executed at Wilson’s home and office revealed numerous additional documents containing the victims’ identifying information, including copies of driver’s licenses and social security cards.
In its sentencing brief, the government described that Wilson’s fraud was so widespread that in a single tax year – 2011 – it victimized about 388 people. His fraudulent tax claims caused a loss to the federal government of $902,040 in that tax year alone.
United States District Judge Jon S. Tigar also ordered, in addition to the 81 months in jail, that Wilson pay restitution in the amount of $902,040. The sentence included a three-year supervision period for Wilson after his release from prison. Wilson was remanded in custody at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing and begins serving her sentence immediately.
Robert David Rees and Kristina Green are the assistant United States attorneys who prosecuted the case, with help from Jasmine Sanders, Claudia Hyslop and Leeya Kekona. The charge is the result of an IRS-CI investigation.