woman pleads guilty to tax conspiracy
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Emma Mills, 38, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file false claims with the Internal Revenue Service before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant conspired with others to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by creating false and fictitious W-2 forms. The forms were created by obtaining identification information from other persons. The fabricated W-2’s were submitted to the IRS with false tax returns, on which undeserved refunds and tax credits were claimed.
As part of her plea agreement, the defendant agreed to pay $35,519.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, and $6,976.00 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
The conviction is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Toni Weirauch, Special Agent in Charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 14, 2014 before Judge Arcara.