SAN FRANCISCO -- An Antioch woman tied to a multi-person scheme designed to receive large tax refunds by using other people's names pleaded guilty to consipiracy to file false tax claims, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said.
Charleszetta Brown, aka Candice Taylor, made her plea in San Francisco federal court on Thursday. In her agreement, Brown, 43, admitted she knew the returns she filed were false because the names appearing on the tax returns did not supply the tax information.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer is scheduled to sentence Brown on March 27.
Three other players involved in the scheme, which began in June 2008, already pleaded guilty in the scheme. Sparkle Jernigan , 33, of Pittsburg is serving a 21-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in August 2011; Khendria Williams, 36, of Pittsburg is serving an eight-month sentence after pleading guilty in February; and Clexton Ward, who has no listed home address, pleaded guilty to filing false claims in August and is awaiting sentence.
In her role, according to the plea agreement, Brown used her own bank account and the accounts of others and listed those accounts on the returns. When fraudulent tax refunds were handed out, they were deposited into those accounts.
The account holders then split the proceeds with Brown, according to the plea agreement. Williams, Jernigan and Ward supplied the names, which were sent to Brown's cellphone through text messages.
Brown faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine, when she's sentenced.