2 Lancaster women accused of tax fraud, identity theft

— Two Lancaster women were indicted on several charges related to tax fraud, according to a release issued Thursday by U.S. District Attorney Bill Nettles.

Aisha Craig, 35, and Ebony Eddie, 33, were charged in a 5-count indictment with conspiracy to submit false claims, submitting false claims to the United States, aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, the release states.

The maximum penalty Craig and Eddie could receive is 22 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

“This indictment, returned at the conclusion of filing season, is an important message for America’s hardworking taxpayers who have no tolerance for those who make up their own rules,” IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent Jeannine Hammett said in a prepared statement. “This investigation serves to remind us that there is no such thing as free money and there are no rewards or incentives for creativity when it comes to crime. IRS Criminal Investigation will not cease pursuing those who commit crimes against the United States and the American taxpayer.”

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Article source: http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/17/3392959/2-lancaster-women-charged-with.html

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