WILMINGTON, Del. - A Claymont woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury, after allegedly filing fraudulent tax returns in two states. 36-year-old Dawn Chamberlain has been charged with seven counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, and twenty counts of submitting false claims to the United States.
The indictment reportedly says that from 2009 through 2012, Chamberlain, pretended to be a tax preparer in Delaware. She filed fake US Individual Federal Income Tax Returns for people, where she claimed more than $730,000 in credits, that the clients weren't apparently entitled to. It also apparently says that Chamberlain then had the refunds deposited into her own account, along with her family member's, she then would reportedly give less than the full amounts back to her clients, and keeping the extra for herself.
The indictment charges says that Chamberlain used her clients names, birth dates, and social security numbers to file false and fraudulent tax returns in New York State, without their knowledge, and reportedly collected more than $210,000 in refunds.
U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly, III gave the following comment, "this case should send a clear signal during this tax filing season that individuals who file false claims against the United States Treasury will face significant penalties. I find fraud upon the government to be particularly troubling, and I am committed to working with the Internal Revenue Service to prosecute these cases and seek incarceration wherever possible."
Akeia Conner, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation "Individuals who commit refund fraud and identity theft of this magnitude deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We, along with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney's Office, continue to do our part in protecting the integrity of the tax system and those individuals whose identities were stolen, as well as a monetary loss against the U.S. Treasury."
Chamberlain is facing up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire and mail fraud, 5 years per false claims charge, and consecutive two year terms of imprisonment on each of the aggravated identity theft charges, plus fines and restitution.