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Federal indictment adds to charges against Keymar couple

A Keymar couple indicted in September for embezzling $285,000 in employee benefits is now also charged with conspiring to fraudulently transfer $1.2 million from federal contracts.

Shaun Tucker, 49, and Joanne Tucker, 29, both of Keymar, were indicted in September on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. The original indictment charged the Tuckers with stealing nearly $285,000 in employee benefits.

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On March 24, a grand jury returned a new indictment, adding a charge for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and accusing the couple of stealing more than $1.5 million in total, according to the release.

Shaun Tucker, who also went by the alias of Shawn Turner, and Joanne Tucker, who had aliases of Joanne Krcma, Jill Swanson and Jocelyn Turner, were officers and shareholders of Quantell Inc. and Intaset Technologies Corp. Both companies had contracts with the federal government that involved a portion of the money being used to pay health and welfare benefits to employees.

Between 2008 and 2012, the Tuckers allegedly stopped contributing federal funds to employee benefit plans and diverted at least $1.2 million to shell companies and companies they were associated with, according to the indictment.

The Tuckers also apparently falsely told employees they would be receiving health and welfare benefits, but the money was diverted to buy a luxury vehicle, make improvements on the couple's Keymar home and to build a residence in Swanton, according to the indictment.

In 2009 and 2010, according to the indictment, the Tuckers also embezzled $284,999 from employees' health and welfare plans by causing checks to be issued from the plans' funds and using the money for their own benefit.

The Tuckers also filed a joint tax return in 2009, which reported their income as $180,251 when it was actually more than $800,000, according to the indictment.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of at least $1.5 million as well as the home in Swanton and two vehicles, according to the news release.

The couple faces 20 years in prison and a fine for the wire fraud conspiracy, five years in prison for embezzling from an employee plan and five years in prison for tax evasion, according to the release.

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