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Illinois Woman Sentenced to Serve Two Years in Prison After Tax Scheme Conviction

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    According to a Department of Justice press release, an Illinois woman was recently sentenced in a criminal tax case relating to a fraudulent refund scheme. Our readers know that we frequently report on taxpayers who are prosecuted for attempting to defraud the government through refunds triggered by filing false tax returns. If you have taken a position on a tax return that could not be supported upon an IRS examination or criminal tax investigation, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine the best route to get right with the government.

    Defendant Stole Identities, Filed False Returns, Convicted and Sentenced

    Court records reveal that Chicago resident Lamesha Conley was responsible for stealing over 6,000 identities and using them to file false tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. The illegal activity began in 2014 and continued through 2015. The Department of Justice estimated that Conley caused more than $2.6 million of refunds to be claimed. Over $1 million of those were actually paid out.

    Conley was convicted of conspiracy and identity theft. She was sentenced to serve 24 months in federal prison. A co-conspirator was ordered to serve 30 months in prison. The defendants were also ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution to the IRS.

    IRS Commitment to Weeding out Tax Noncompliance

    The IRS is committed to ensuring tax compliance among U.S. taxpayers. When an attempt is made to fraudulently report less taxable income than was earned or inflate deductions, the Criminal Investigation unit of the IRS will work with the Department of Justice Tax Division to determine whether a criminal tax prosecution is in order. If so, the taxpayer has bigger worries than the result of an IRS examination.

    Working with an experienced dual licensed Criminal Tax Defense Attorney & CPA, you will establish the pertinent facts of your situation and agree on the best path forward toward coming into tax compliance. Whether you have not yet been notified of a tax examination or you have already been contacted by the IRS, the sooner that you seek the assistance of experienced legal counsel, the better.

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