A Baton Rouge man admitted in federal court Wednesday that he threatened a witness against his mother in a $200,000 tax fraud case.
Anthony Williams, son of Angela Myers, pleaded guilty to one count of threatening retaliation against the witness.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson then scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26.
In a related development, federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Williams’ co-defendant, Bobby Riley, after prosecutors said they could not meet the burden of proof against Riley.
Myers, 49, was convicted in March on 21 counts of fraudulent claims, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false income tax returns.
Myers, who operated Angie’s Tax Service in Baton Rouge, was sentenced in July to 11 years in federal prison.
The charges on which Myers was convicted showed she caused $202,685 in tax losses by stealing the identities of nursing home patients in Port Allen in order to file false claims for tax refunds from the IRS.
An affidavit by Special Agent Monique Schmidt of IRS-Criminal Investigation said a witness identified as “T.W.” testified against Myers on March 6, then received a threatening Instagram message the next night over the Internet.
That message identified the sender as “Ms Angie son.” It told the witness: “U a rat.” It included two threats: “You got your day coming” and “We will see you in the streets soon.”
For his guilty plea to the charge of threatening retaliation against a witness, Williams faces a possible 20-year prison term and fine of $250,000, according to a statement released by the Justice Department.