Aaron H. Kelly, a U.S. Postal Service employee, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to aiding and assisting in filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Justice Department and IRS announced today. Kelly was indicted on Feb. 24, 2014, for allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud the IRS, the Thrift Saving Plan and the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union by sending fictitious financial instruments to fraudulently extinguish the debts he owed to them, and for aiding in filing false tax returns with the IRS.
According to the plea agreement, in 2008, Kelly submitted a false individual income tax return for tax year 2006 to the IRS. On this tax return, Kelly falsely claimed that he had substantial federal income tax withheld, and fraudulently represented that he was entitled to a refund of $193,653. Sentencing is set for Feb. 2, 2015, where Kelly faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison.
This case was investigated by special agents of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and IRS - Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Ken Vert and Yael T. Epstein of the department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.