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Woman charged with witness tampering in federal case

Updated: Friday, January 17 2014, 09:10 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

CHAMBERSBURG -- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg handed up a second-superseding indictment charging Maria Colvard, 48, of Chambersburg, on January 15, 2014, charging her with two counts of tampering with a witness in addition to previous charges of extortion, aiding and abetting, false personation of an employee of the United States, and interference with commerce by threats.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, between February and May 2013, Colvard convinced an employee to claim to be a criminal investigator with the Internal Revenue Service in order to collect alleged taxes owed, gain a client list from a rival tax preparation business and to ultimately shut down the business, Cristina’s Tax Service, LLC.

Maria Colvard is the owner of Tax Max LLC, a tax preparation service.
Colvard was first indicted in June 2013, arrested and ordered released pending trial. A superseding indictment was filed in November 2013. Colvard allegedly offered her employee $50,000 if she would take responsibility for the underlying crimes without cooperating with law enforcement or involving Colvard.

On Jan. 6, Colvard allegedly went to the business of her co-defendant’s husband and confronted her co-defendant in an attempt to get her co-defendant not to testify against Colvard. Part of the conditions of Colvard’s pre-trial release required Colvard not to have any contact, direct or indirect, with her co-defendant.
Woman charged with witness tampering in federal case


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