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Guilty federal pleas for child porn, false tax returns

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Brian O. Brannen, 41, formerly of Albany, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography on December 15, in Albany, Georgia.

Based on facts related by a person who had stayed briefly at Mr. Brannen's residence that child pornography had been seen there and on Mr. Brannen's computer, officers of the Dougherty County Sheriff s Office obtained and executed a search warrant on that residence and computer. 

They found numerous images of child pornography indicating involvement with same by Brannen since at least 2007. The Department of Homeland Security became involved in the investigation and subsequently determined that the computer contained 24 video files depicting child pornography.

Brannen will be sentenced in about 60 days. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000, or both. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by Captain Craig Dodd and Lieutenant Julie Wood, with the Dougherty County Sheriff s Office, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane is prosecuting the case for the Government. 

Timothy D. Wilburn, 32, of Ashburn, entered a guilty plea to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.  He could get over 20 years in prison, and a half million dollar fine.  He will be  sentenced in about 60 days.

Wilburn submitted over seventy false income tax returns involving the names and identities of actual persons. He received  the refunds from these returns. His scheme was uncovered when officers of the Albany Police Department, responding to a burglary report at his house, found evidence of the false returns in the house during the course of their investigation  of the purported  burglary. Evidence of illegal refunds of over $120,000 was  found.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and the Ashburn Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane is prosecuting the case for the Government.


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