Duxbury Woman Pleads Guilty to Tax And Bank Fraud Charges, Reports U.S. Attorney

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A Duxbury woman pled guilty in federal
 court today to tax and bank fraud charges.
     U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern, Michael Lahey, Special Agent in Charge of
 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation in New England, and
 Michael Delgado, Special Agent in Charge of the Treasury Inspector General for
 Tax Administration, announced today that MAUREEN E. ALLEN, age 35, of 45 Lake
 Shore Drive, Duxbury, Massachusetts, pled guilty before U.S. District Court
 Judge Richard G. Stearns to a two count information charging her with filing
 false payroll tax returns in 1995 and 1996, and with submitting a false tax
 return to Fleet Bank in connection with a loan application.
     At the change of plea hearing today, federal prosecutor Jeanne M.
 Kempthorne told the court that ALLEN was the proprietor of a landscaping
 business in Quincy known as M. Allen Landscaping, Inc. and, during the
 relevant period of time, employed between 10 and 15 employees.  The employees
 believed that ALLEN was withholding payroll taxes when in fact she made no
 payments to the IRS.  ALLEN filed quarterly payroll reporting forms with the
 IRS falsely indicating that she had made payroll tax deposits.
     The bank fraud charge stems from a 1993 loan application to Fleet Bank in
 support of which ALLEN submitted a fraudulent federal tax return which
 inflated her gross receipts for 1992.
     Judge Stearns scheduled sentencing for July 9, 2001, at 2 p.m.  On the tax
 fraud count, ALLEN faces a maximum sentence of 3 years' imprisonment, to be
 followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a $250, 000 fine. On the bank
 fraud count, ALLEN faces 30 years'  imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of
 supervised release, a $1 million fine, and restitution.
     The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by
 Special Agents of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation,
 and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and by Assistant
 U.S. Attorneys Stephen G. Huggard, Chief of Stern's Public Corruption and
 Special Prosecutions Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
 Attorney Jeanne M. Kempthorne of Stern' s Economic Crimes Unit.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Attorney
    BOSTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A Duxbury woman pled guilty in federal
 court today to tax and bank fraud charges.
     U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern, Michael Lahey, Special Agent in Charge of
 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation in New England, and
 Michael Delgado, Special Agent in Charge of the Treasury Inspector General for
 Tax Administration, announced today that MAUREEN E. ALLEN, age 35, of 45 Lake
 Shore Drive, Duxbury, Massachusetts, pled guilty before U.S. District Court
 Judge Richard G. Stearns to a two count information charging her with filing
 false payroll tax returns in 1995 and 1996, and with submitting a false tax
 return to Fleet Bank in connection with a loan application.
     At the change of plea hearing today, federal prosecutor Jeanne M.
 Kempthorne told the court that ALLEN was the proprietor of a landscaping
 business in Quincy known as M. Allen Landscaping, Inc. and, during the
 relevant period of time, employed between 10 and 15 employees.  The employees
 believed that ALLEN was withholding payroll taxes when in fact she made no
 payments to the IRS.  ALLEN filed quarterly payroll reporting forms with the
 IRS falsely indicating that she had made payroll tax deposits.
     The bank fraud charge stems from a 1993 loan application to Fleet Bank in
 support of which ALLEN submitted a fraudulent federal tax return which
 inflated her gross receipts for 1992.
     Judge Stearns scheduled sentencing for July 9, 2001, at 2 p.m.  On the tax
 fraud count, ALLEN faces a maximum sentence of 3 years' imprisonment, to be
 followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a $250, 000 fine. On the bank
 fraud count, ALLEN faces 30 years'  imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of
 supervised release, a $1 million fine, and restitution.
     The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by
 Special Agents of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation,
 and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and by Assistant
 U.S. Attorneys Stephen G. Huggard, Chief of Stern's Public Corruption and
 Special Prosecutions Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
 Attorney Jeanne M. Kempthorne of Stern' s Economic Crimes Unit.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Attorney