Bella Vista woman sentenced to over five years in federal prison for fraudulent taxes and identity theft


Date: April 28, 2021


Fayetteville, Arkansas — David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Angel Denette Cameron of Bella Vista, Arkansas, but originally from central Louisiana, was sentenced today to 66 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by three years of supervised release on one count of False Claims against the United States, one count of False Declaration under Perjury, and one count of Aggravated Identity Theft. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks, United States District Judge, presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

According to court records, on March 10, 2020, detectives with the Bella Vista Police Department obtained a search warrant on Cameron's residence after she lied to law enforcement about her identity and offered them false identification documents. During the execution of the search warrant, officers found the tax information of various third parties in her possession. Understanding that the scope of Cameron's criminal behavior may include federal tax violations, local law enforcement contacted the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and alerted them of the search. Federal IRS-CI and Revenue Agents determined that Cameron had filed and prepared at least 21 false returns for individuals from 2016 through 2019 in Arkansas and Louisiana resulting in an $86,381 tax loss to the Government. According to investigators, Cameron was including fraudulent deductions, tax credits, and income information on returns and submitting them to the IRS. Investigators also determined that Cameron had been filing false returns on her own behalf from 2015 through 2020, in Arkansas and Louisiana, which resulted in a $12,653 actual loss to the Government. In addition to the fraudulent taxes, Cameron also used a false identity to open a bank account and purchase a vehicle. As part of her sentence, Cameron was ordered to pay $109,626.64 in restitution and a $300 special assessment following her release from the Bureau of Prisons.

Cameron pled to an Information charging her with these crimes on December 29, 2020.

This case was investigated by the Bella Vista Police Department, the IRS-CI and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Wulff prosecuted the case for the United States.