July 27, 2004
WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the guilty
plea of Mari Ayn Sailer, 27, to filing 12 bogus State tax returns
which sought in excess of $2.6 million in refunds. Ms. Sailer,
of the 9000 block of 1st Avenue of Laurel, pled guilty before
the Honorable Michael Loney, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court,
to one count of tax perjury, which carries a maximum sentence
of 10 years in prison.
to a Statement of Facts read into the record at the guilty plea,
the defendant electronically filed the 12 bogus returns
in April and May, 2002, in the names of Mari Ayn Sailer, her brother
Bruce Sailer, her then-boyfriend, Stephen Walters, and her father
and mother William and Chanphen Sailer. William Sailer, the defendant’s father, passed away in 1999,
and thus was not even alive when Ms. Sailer filed the two phony
returns in his name. On those returns, she listed income of $898,654
from a non-existent company.
On the bogus
return in her mother’s name, Ms. Sailer claimed
income of $758,000 from Giant Food, when in fact, her mother did
not work there. On the two bogus returns in the name of her brother,
Ms. Sailer listed over $350,000 in income supposedly received from
Giant Food. In fact, Bruce Sailer filed his own, legitimate, returns
for the 2 years in question, and had nothing to do with the two
bogus returns. On his legitimate returns, his employer was correctly
listed as Point Technology and his income as under $20,000, not
the $350,000 that Ms. Sailer listed on the bogus returns.
also filed four bogus returns in her own name, claiming that
she had received income of $450,000 to $698,000 from companies
for whom she never worked. She also filed three bogus returns in
her then-boyfriend’s name, altering slightly the spelling
of his name and providing non-existent social security numbers.
On these returns, she again claimed incomes in the six figure range.
On all the bogus returns, she instructed that the refunds should
be sent to one of two accounts she controlled, or a P. O. Box she
had rented. The scheme was uncovered in time to deny the requested
refunds; thus, the State did not suffer any loss.
had earlier this summer entered a guilty plea to federal tax
fraud in the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Sentencing in both the State and the federal cases will occur in
August. The case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division
of the Attorney General’s Office by the Office of the Comptroller,
and was investigated by the Maryland State Police.