OAKLAND -- Three Pittsburg residents have been charged with conspiring to file false claims with the IRS totaling more than $688,000, according to Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.
Tonya Gilard, Edrick Harvey and Tierre Crummie were charged by a federal grand jury last week. Each faces one count of conspiracy to file false claims, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the indictment, the trio filed or helped others file false claims requesting IRS refunds totaling $688,687, including claiming the first-time homebuyers' credit illegally. The trio funneled the refunds into personal bank accounts, then split the proceeds among themselves, the indictment claims.
All three defendants are scheduled to appear Sept. 6 in U.S. District Court.
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