According to a USAO press release dated Sept. 7, 2013, a Montgomery man pled guilty yesterday, Sept. 6, 2012, in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, to one count of theft of public funds and one count of passing U. S. Treasury checks with forged endorsements.
David Lee Haigler, of Montgomery, Ala., was accused of obtaining 263 fraudulent U.S. Treasury refund checks and refund anticipation loan checks totaling $606,781.34, between November 2011 and July 2012. The refund checks were in the names of different individuals who had not authorized Haigler to cash them.
Haigler reportedly cashed the refund checks at a store in Millbrook, Ala., by providing the store with copies of fictitious powers of attorney in the names of the individuals on the checks.
Haigler faces a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $500,000 for his involvement in the scheme.
A sentencing date has not been set at this time.
Trial Attorneys Jason Poole and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown are prosecuting the case. Special Agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation.