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Woman accused of tax fraud charged

2 years 3 months 2 weeks ago February 07, 2015 Feb 7, 2015 Saturday, February 07 2015 February 07, 2015 5:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - A tax preparer based in Baton Rouge has been charged with filing false tax returns seeking more than $500,000 in refunds.

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 34-year-old Tamekia Cecilia Harton after U.S. Attorney Walt Green claims she filed 214 tax returns between January 2011 and August 2012 that falsely said people were working for companies, had income taxes withheld and were entitled to income tax refunds.

Harton is accused of misusing hundreds of people's names and Social Security numbers.

A report claims she requested tax refunds of $505,709, and of that amount, $346,321 was paid.

Harton was charged with theft of government funds, misuse of a Social Security number, forged endorsement on treasury checks and aggravated identity theft.

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