Maryland Woman Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme
On February 25, 2014, in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland, Sheila Anderson-Cloude, Financial Management Specialist, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy to obtain fraudulent tax refunds, sometimes using the personal information of other individuals, without their knowledge or permission.
From February 2010, through February 2012, Anderson-Cloude filed and caused others to file false federal income tax returns in order to illegally obtain tax refunds to which she was not entitled. Our investigation revealed that she prepared and filed the fraudulent tax returns on her work computer while at work. In total, she misappropriated over $574,000.
We conducted this investigation jointly with IRS Criminal Investigation.