Los Angeles Man Indicted in Conspiracy to File False Claims for Tax Refunds with the IRS, Bank Fraud and Identity Theft

October 4, 2012

Los Angeles- LawFuel.com – Aaron Jamaal Gilmore, 28, of Los Angeles, made his initial appearance before Judge Carla Woehrle today.

On September 25, 2012, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Aaron Gilmore with conspiracy to file false claims for refunds with the IRS, filing false claims for refunds, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, between June 2007 and April 2009, Gilmore along with co-conspirators, Tiffani Hess, Daniel Blake Harris, and others participated in a scheme to defraud the United States by filing false claims in a fraudulent tax refund scheme. Gilmore, Hess and others prepared false tax returns, claiming that federal taxes had been withheld in amounts exceeding the amounts of taxes owed, in order to generate a false tax refund.

In furtherance of the conspiracy, Gilmore and Hess deposited fraudulently obtained tax refund checks into bank accounts controlled by Gilmore, Hess, and other co-conspirators. The indictment alleges Gilmore filed at least six false claims for tax refunds totaling over $300,000 which were later deposited into bank accounts held at federally insured financial institutions.

Also according to the indictment, Gilmore and Hess obtained names and social security numbers of co-conspirators and at least one unknowing individual, to file tax returns in the names of the co-conspirator and the unknowing individual. On October 16, 2007, Gilmore deposited a tax refund check in the amount of $63,244 in the name of another individual. Gilmore and Hess then withdrew the money from the bank account.

On May 24, 2012, Tiffani Hess was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the total amount $235,977.75 to victims. On October 24, 2011, Daniel Blake Harris was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $89,833.85 to victims.

The investigation of Aaron Jamaal Gilmore is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Gilmore is currently free on bond pending trial scheduled on November 27, 2012 before Judge Margaret M. Morrow.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

United States Attorney’s Office contact:

Dorothy Kim

Assistant United States Attorney

213-894-3779

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