Amounting to over $483,294
Helen Jean Anderson, age 57, of Anderson, recently pled guilty in federal court in Greenville, to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Senior United States District Henry M. Herlong, Jr. of Greenville accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
The evidence at the change of plea hearing established that Anderson and various co-conspirators would obtain the means of identification of other individuals and then file fraudulent tax returns. Once the Treasury checks arrived, the co-conspirators sought ways to negotiate the checks. An eye-witness at a convenience store in the upstate told law enforcement that Helen Anderson had recently been in the store and claimed to have 200 Treasury checks to cash and said that she would pay $500 per check to cash them. The eye-witness contacted the police.