- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Piedmont Regional Jail supervisor is facing federal tax and bank fraud charges.

A federal grand jury indicted 49-year-old William A. Coles, Jr. of Pamplin on Tuesday on charges of assisting in the preparation and filing of a false tax return, bank fraud count and conspiracy.

Acting U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente said Wednesday that Coles is accused of recruiting individuals from the jail to pay his wife, Sybil Coles, to prepare and file tax returns with false claims.

Boente says the false claims were an attempt to attract more customers by creating larger refunds.

Coles also is accused of devising a scheme to defraud a financial institution.

He didn’t immediately return a telephone message left at the jail Wednesday.

Sybil Coles pleaded guilty in January in a related case.

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