The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 27, 2012

Enid man charged with identity theft and filing false tax returns

Enid News and Eagle

ENID — An Enid man has been charged in federal court with six felony counts of identity theft and filing false tax returns.

A federal indictment charging Jeremiah Avery Martin was unsealed Thursday, according to Sanford C. Coats, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to the indictment, Martin used the Social Security numbers of other individuals on three occasions to submit false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. He was charged with three counts of identity fraud and three counts of filing false tax returns, claiming refunds of $877, $8,750 and $5,573.   

If convicted, Martin faces up to five years in prison for each count of filing a false tax return and up to 15 years in prison for each count of identity fraud. He also faces fines up to $250,000 on each count.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Robinson.