Prosecutors: Silver Spring mail carrier tried to bilk millions from IRS -- Gazette.Net


A U.S. Postal Service worker in Silver Spring was indicted Monday on charges of requesting millions of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds and using bogus payments to get rid of tax debt and unpaid loans.

Federal prosecutors accused Aaron H. Kelly of submitting more than $50 million in “fictitious financial instruments” to the IRS and the Department of Treasury and requesting more than $105 million in fraudulent tax refunds for 2006 and 2007.

Prosecutors also claimed that Kelly submitted more than $100,000 in bogus payments for loans from a federal credit union and a retirement account.

Kelly was charged with four counts of mail fraud, two counts of bank fraud, one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the IRS and two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, according to the indictment.

Kelly was arrested in Silver Spring on Tuesday and has since been released. A home address of LaPlata was listed in records filed in U.S. District Court.

A specific attorney was not listed for Kelly in court records, which showed he would be assigned a public defender.

If convicted, Kelly could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each mail fraud count, 30 years in prison for each bank fraud count and three years in prison for each of the tax-related counts.

A U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman said Kelly was hired in 1989.