A Detroit woman pleaded guilty today to charges of Aggravated Identity Theft and Conspiracy to Defraud the Government, announced U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. She was joined in the announcement by
Veronica Hyman Pillot, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division
from the Atlanta, Georgia field office.
Lanette Mashae Williams, Henderson age 46, of Detroit, Michigan, entered the guilty plea before the U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman in Detroit. As a part of her plea agreement, Henderson, admitted that she was a part of a conspiracy to use stolen identities to file fictitious and fraudulent tax returns between March 2009 and August 2009. Each of the tax returns were filed using stolen identities of inmates at the Georgia Department of Corrections.
The false returns bore one of two residential addresses in Alabama
that were occupied by Williams Henderson. The Internal Revenue Service issued the refunds in
the form of United States Treasury checks which were subsequently mailed to Williams –
The maximum penalty for the Conspiracy to Defraud the Government is 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 or both. The maximum penalty for Aggravated Identity Theft is a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a maximum fine of $250,000 or both.
The case was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit, Michigan.