Local woman sentenced in tax scheme
BATON ROUGE - A 59-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $117,000 in restitution for a tax scheme involving homebuyer credits.
U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says Brenda Matthews pleaded guilty in October to making false claims to a U.S. agency and two counts of identity theft.
Matthews was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge.
Cazayoux says Matthews admitted filing 20 tax returns in 2009 for the 2008 tax year fraudulently claiming refunds based on First Time Homebuyer Credits.
The returns prepared by Matthews listed the names and Social Security numbers of others who had allegedly purchased homes, but the homes had not been bought.
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