According to authorities, the suspect conspired to steal more than one hundred victims’ identities and then used those stolen identities to collect $1.1 million in federal income tax returns. The massive fraud reportedly went down between 2009 and 2013, with the suspect and other co-conspirators filing false tax refund applications. The main suspect reportedly fabricated information on the tax returns so that they would prompt the government to issue refunds.
Special agents with the IRS-Criminal Investigation unit investigated the suspect and determined that she had committed fraud on a massive scale.
Law enforcement placed the suspect under arrest in February 2015. She was subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit embezzlement and embezzlement of US property.
In September 2015, the 54-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit theft of government property.
Now the suspect, who is from Orange, New Jersey, is headed to prison. She recently made an appearance in US District Court in Trenton NJ for a sentencing hearing. The judge sentenced the suspect to a term of incarceration of 21 months. If the suspect had fought the criminal charges and gone to trial, she would have faced a sentence of up to five years in federal prison.
As part of the punishment handed down by the district court judge, the suspect will also have to take part in a supervised release program once she finishes her prison sentence.
Additionally, under the terms of the plea agreement, the suspect will be required to pay back $1.1 million in restitution.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Woman Gets 2 Years for Creating Identities to Net $11M in Tax Returns.”