Buffalo Man Indicted on Conspiracy and Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM EDT

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Buffalo Man Indicted on Conspiracy and Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Monday that a federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned a 66-count indictment charging 44-year-old Clifton Jackson of Buffalo with conspiracy to unlawfully use Social Security numbers, conspiracy and the filing of false tax returns in 2011, and aggravated identity theft.

According to a news release:

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, the defendant allegedly devised a scheme to defraud individuals and the United States Government by obtaining and using the names and social security numbers issued to several individuals. Jackson then allegedly used that information to file fraudulent tax returns for the tax year 2011with the IRS.

Jackson will be arraigned on the charges on May 1.