A Somerville woman who owned a tax preparation business for about six years was sentenced on Jan. 29 to 61 months in prison. She has been convicted of identity theft and tax fraud following a string of tax crimes. According to the District of Massachusetts United States Attorney's office, the woman prepared false tax returns on her behalf and the behalf of the clients of her Somerville business. In some instances, she used clients' identities without their consent or knowledge. She pleaded guilty to 32 counts, including charges for aggravated identity theft, filing false returns with the Internal Revenue Service and forging United States Treasury check endorsements.
A 25-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated theft and computer crimes after swindling more than $2 million from the Internal Revenue Service. She incorrectly filed a false personal income of $3 million in 2011 using the TurboTax refund calculator. Her $2.1 million refund was issued on a Visa card with the full refund amount after revenue officials approved her claim.
IRS tax crimes in Massachusetts can substantially alter a person's life, and facing charges of lying to the agency can be intimidating. Possible penalties for conviction include incarceration in a federal penitentiary, criminal fines, and supervision after release from prison. To top it all off, any money that was due to the IRS in the first place is still due, with interest