April 26, 2005
HOME DETENTION FOR TAX CHEAT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Nicole J.Martin, age 29, currently residing on Radecke
Avenue in Baltimore,
was sentenced on April 25 for her role in a conspiracy to file
fraudulent tax returns and receive stolen refunds. On the charge
of Conspiracy to File False Information on State Tax Returns,
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Philip T. Caroom imposed
a sentence of five years to the Division of Correction, suspending
all but 90 days to be served in home detention. Nicole Martin
is allowed out of the house only to seek employment, work,
and go to doctors appointments. The Court placed Martin
on five years
supervised probation with the special conditions that she pay
$3, 245.50 in restitution to the Office of the Comptroller,
complete 80 hours of community service, and cooperate with
and treatment directed in the future by her probation agent.
Judge Caroom imposed a 5-year consecutive sentence on the felony
theft charge, and suspended the entire sentence.
Nicole Martin was part of a four- person theft scheme to file
fraudulent 2002 State tax returns in order to get the State
refunds that were
issued as a result of the false returns. Nicole Martin and co-defendant
Barbara Williams actually prepared and filed a number of fraudulent
State tax returns. Nicole Martin solicited her sister Sabrina
and her close friend, Lachelle Lee, to join the scheme by agreeing
to use their bank accounts to receive the tax refunds generated
by the fake returns.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the
Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance
the Maryland Office of the Comptroller and Maryland State Police.