Jamaican native who was convicted of fraud but failed to appear for sentencing is going to prison

 

Date: December 3, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Rochester, NY — Daciann Brown, a Jamaican native residing in Rochester, NY, who was convicted of failing to appear for sentencing, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to serve 46 months in prison and to pay restitution totaling $182,139.62.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who handled the case, stated that in May 2018, the defendant pleaded guilty to wire fraud, false claims, and fraud related to identification documents. Brown purported to be a tax preparer and filed 66 false tax returns on behalf of 44 taxpayers with the IRS. Thirteen of those taxpayers did not know the defendant was filing returns using their personal information. Brown was scheduled to be sentenced on August 28, 2018. However, the defendant failed to appear on that date, and an arrest warrant was issued. On June 3, 2020, Brown was arrested by the U.S. Marshal Service.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent-in-Charge, and the U.S. Marshal Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina.