Former Columbus resident guilty of filing false claims with the IRS for income tax refunds

 

Date: October 27, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Columbus, Ohio – Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office announced, Odessey Cherrell Curry, of St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.'s court to one count of filing a false claim with the IRS.

"Odessey Curry personally profited from filing false tax returns for her clients by diverting a portion of the fraudulent refund to herself," said Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. ""IRS takes refund fraud seriously and will continue to aggressively combat it."

According to court records, for the year 2011 Curry filed fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS claiming false income tax refunds for various taxpayers. The fraudulent income tax returns contained fraudulent IRS Forms Schedule C and fraudulent claims for earned income credits and education credits.

Curry did not sign any return as the tax return preparer. With each bogus tax return, she filed IRS Form 8888, which allows a refund to be deposited into one or more bank accounts, in order to allocate the refunds between herself and the client.

The total amount she fraudulently claimed was $93,789.

Filing false claims for income tax refunds with the IRS carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel A. Brown.