Fed court roundup: Fraud, child porn lead to prison

Fed court roundup: Fraud, child porn lead to prison »Play Video
Former Bakersfield teacher Michael Cooper is led away from court in October 2010 after his arraignment on child pornography charges. (File photo)

The U.S. District Court in Fresno released updates Monday for several cases involving Kern County residents.

IRS fraud

Sean Roberts and Nadia Roberts, both of Tehachapi, were sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for hiding millions of dollars in secret offshore bank accounts in Switzerland and other banks around the world. The couple was also ordered to pay $709,675 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to pay more than $2.5 million to resolve their civil liability with the IRS for failing to file the required documentation. According to court documents and statements made in court, the couple filed false individual income tax returns for 2004-08.

Teacher sentenced for child porn

Michael Scott Cooper, 43, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of child pornography. According to court documents, Cooper possessed images and videos on his computer depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Many of the images depicted prepubescent minors. Cooper was a teacher at Loudan Elementary School in Bakersfield. He was arrested in October 2010.

Desert man guilty of child porn

Ridgecrest resident Ralph Michael Smith, 53, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. Smith was taken into custody at the conclusion of Monday’s hearing in federal court. According to the plea agreement, in September and October 2010, Smith received via the Internet more than 600 images depicting minors engaged sexually explicit conduct. The images also involved the portrayal of sadistic, masochistic and other depictions of violence. Several of the minors depicted were prepubescent.