Three from Better Days Tax Service charged with COVID-19 relief fraud

 

Date: October 19, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Memphis, TN – Brandy D. Scaife, Janisha L. Jones, and Sharika L. Carpenter, of Better Days Tax Service, have been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

According to information presented in the complaint, between April 2020 and June 2020, Scaife, Jones and Carpenter, participated in a fraud scheme to obtain COVID-19 relief funds from the Small Business Administration in excess of $1 million. Further, the scheme resulted in 401 fraudulently filed applications seeking Economic Injury Disaster loans made available to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous applications were submitted using false information for the purpose of facilitating the fraudulent activity. Evidence revealed approved loan applications netted approximately $1.1 million in fraudulently obtained funds.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to 30 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General investigated this case.

The Western District of Tennessee Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator is Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Arvin.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations of criminal conduct, not evidence. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and convicted through due process of law.