Department of Justice sealALEJANDRO N. MAYORKAS
United States Attorney
Central District of California

Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer
(213) 894-6947

March 22, 2001


 A Long Beach woman was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for filing false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, announced United States Attorney Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Michael S. Kochmanski, Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.
 Cutrenia Brown, 25, was sentenced by United States District Judge J. Spencer Letts, who also ordered Brown to pay $52,937 in restitution to the IRS.
 Brown pleaded guilty in October 2000, admitting she filed, or caused to be filed, with the IRS fraudulent tax returns. The bogus returns, which were filed between October 1996 and March 1998, claimed refunds that Brown she was not entitled to receive. Brown specifically admitted that she filed 12 false tax returns, using false W-2 forms and false earned income credit claims to generate fraudulent refunds of $52,937. The fraudulent tax returns were filed in Brown's name, as well as her aliases, the names of family members and the names of other unsuspecting individuals.
 This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS.

 Release No. 01-054

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