Florida woman used fake IRS stamp to steal from truckers, attorney says

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | 9/3/2014

A U.S. attorney in Florida says a Tallahassee woman used a fake IRS stamp to steal from truck owners who paid their federal heavy vehicle taxes through her third-party permitting business.

U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh of the Northern District of Florida arraigned Elisa Christina Avila Jackson, 30, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a federal grand jury indicted and charged Jackson with five counts of wire fraud and one count of possessing a counterfeit Internal Revenue Service stamp.

The U.S. attorney says Jackson obtained $248,000 from truckers. They paid their federal Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, also known as HVUT or HUT, through a business Jackson operated – Bee’s Carrier Permitting and Licensing – between June 7, 2011, and Feb. 11, 2014.

Rather than forwarding the truckers’ Form 2290 payments to the IRS, Jackson allegedly pocketed the money and used the fake IRS stamp as “proof” that the vehicle owners’ taxes had been paid, according to the indictment.

Jackson’s trial is scheduled for Nov. 3 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Each of the five counts of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, while the charge related to possessing a fake IRS stamp with an attempt to defraud comes with a maximum of five years and fines up to $10,000.

The charges are a result of an investigation by the IRS, Florida Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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