• Federal prison guard sentenced on tax fraud

    by  • May 22, 2013 • News

    A former federal correctional officer from the Federal Correctional Institution at Greenville was sentenced to a total of six months in prison, a year of supervised release and $22,108 in restitution to the IRS, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois. gavel 3

    Attillah Ruffin, 43, waived her right to be indicted by the grand jury and pleaded guilty to an indictment in U.S. District Court on January 28, 2013, for filing false tax returns. She admitted falsifying her personal income tax returns each tax year from 2005-2010.

    During that time period she defrauded the U.S. Government out of $22,108 by claiming false dependents, false child care expenses, false unreimbursed employee expenses and false residential energy credits. Ruffin also admitted to fraudulently obtaining a larger tax refund by using an inapplicable filing status by claiming to be a “head of household” when her filing status should have been “single.”

    Ruffin admitted that these crimes occurred while she was employed as a law enforcement officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She was sentenced to serve three months of her sentence while imprisoned at the Bureau of Prisons, with three additional months to be served as home confinement.

    In addition to paying restitution, she was ordered not to open any credit accounts without prior approval and she was directed to undergo counseling for gambling while also signing a self-exclusion from area gaming establishments.