Thursday, January 31, 2013

Woman Indicted for Visa Fraud, Tax Fraud, and Identity Theft

A federal grand jury indicted Karen Kimble, aka Karen Kimble-Mamah and Karen Mamah, 38, of Owings Mills, Md., on charges of wire fraud, subscribing to a false tax return, aiding in the filing of a false tax return, aggravated identity theft and visa fraud.

The indictment was returned Jan. 24 and Kimble had her initial appearance Jan. 28 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey.

The 21-count indictment alleges that from February 2008 through at least April 2012, Kimble, who falsely held herself out to others as a "certified tax preparer," conducted a tax fraud scheme by submitting fraudulent tax returns for clients. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Kimble falsely inflated credits and deductions and clients' tax returns, as well as on her own tax returns, in order to fraudulently increase the tax refund. Kimble provided her clients with a tax return that did not reflect the false deductions and credits, nor did she inform them of the fraudulent deductions and credits. Kimble filed the fraudulent returns without her clients' knowledge or permission, using their personal identifiable information.

Kimble directed that the tax refunds be mailed or directly deposited with all of the refund sent to Kimble, or with some of the refund sent to the taxpayer and some to Kimble. The indictment alleges that Kimble received a total of more than $221,000 in fraudulent federal tax refunds, none of which she reported as income on her own tax returns. The indictment seeks forfeiture in the amount of $221,698, alleged to be the proceeds of the scheme.

The indictment also alleges that on Feb. 14, 2008, Kimble married a Ghanian citizen, knowing that the marriage was not valid because the Ghanian was not legally divorced from his first wife.

Kimball faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for each of six counts of wire fraud, three years in prison for each of five counts of subscribing to a false tax return and for each of five counts of aiding in the filing of a false tax return, a mandatory two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence for each of four counts of aggravated identity theft and 10 years in prison for visa fraud.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Baltimore District Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Nothstein.

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