September 20, 2004
WOMAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED $2.6 MILLION TAX SCAM
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the sentencing
of Mari Ayn Sailer, 27, on her conviction for filing 12 bogus
tax returns which sought in excess of $2.6 million in refunds.
Sailer, of the 9000 block of 1st Avenue of Laurel, had pled guilty
in July 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. On September 17, Judge Loney sentenced
Sailer to a three-year suspended term and three years of probation,
to run concurrently with a federal tax fraud sentence imposed against
Sailer the previous week. In the federal case, she received 18
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. She filed four returns in her own name and
other returns in the names of her brother, her mother, her deceased
father, and her boyfriend. For each of the returns, Sailer created
a phony W-2 reporting a six-figure income and high withholding,
resulting in requests for high refunds. Sailer’s deception
was uncovered by the State Comptroller’s Office in time to
deny the requested refunds, so the State did not suffer any loss.
We are fortunate that the Comptroller’s Office foiled Ms.
Sailer’s outrageous scheme. Tax fraud is a crime that hurts
the State and all taxpayers,” said Attorney General Curran.
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.