Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:29 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 11:42 AM
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office
BATON ROUGE - Five people in the Baton Rouge area are being charged with tax fraud and identify theft totaling claims over more than $1.4 million.
The charges come from an initiative by U.S. Attorney's Office, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice to combat stolen identify and tax fraud schemes.
The five facing charges are Holly Green of Baton Rouge, Mona Hill of Plaquemine, Ahsley Ricks-Stampley of Baton Rouge, Kimberly Scott of Baton Rouge, and Shywanda Underwood of Baker.
U. S. Attorneys said Underwood, who owned a tax preparation business in Baker, submitted W2s from businesses that didn't exist to get people refunds they weren't entitled to. The indictment also said Underwood filed tax returns using stolen IDs, including stolen Social Security numbers.
The other four indicted are all accused of filing false returns using stolen personal information. Ricks and Hill are each accused of filing more than 450 false returns each, netting more than a half-million dollars in refunds.
Green is accused of filing 71 false returns and receiving more than $123,000 in refunds. Scott is accused filing 74 false returns and receiving more than $96,000.