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Tax refund scheme swindles thousands from IRS

Jun 23, 2011 Brian Bradley

Tax refund scheme swindles thousands from IRS
After providing false identity authentication to the IRS on her tax returns, a Pickerington, Ohio, woman faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, in addition to a hefty fine.
 Leslie K. Todd pleaded guilty to one count of making false claims to the IRS and one count of identity theft, according to NBC4-TV. According to the news source, Todd made 59 false claims for federal income tax refunds between February 2008 and March 2010. She collected personal information such as names and Social Security numbers from those detained at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. She forged information such as employer, wages earned and tax withholding then filed the refunds electronically, the news source reports. "CI is determined to stop these false tax refund schemes," Tracey E. Warren, acting special agent in charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation division, told Columbus Local News. "The message this case sends is that participation in refund fraud schemes does not pay and those who do will be prosecuted." Todd, who would have incurred the IRS a loss of $118,969, was caught by the agency's Scheme Development Center in Cincinnati.