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Montgomery Woman Sentenced in Tax Fraud Case

June 20, 2012

Montgomery, Alabama - Shenita James, 33, of Montgomery, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for filing false and fraudulent federal tax income returns, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. On December 21, 2011, James pled guilty to filing false and fraudulent federal income tax returns, in violation of federal law. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller sentenced her to 21 months in jail and ordered her to pay $113,951.00 in restitution to the United States.

Between 2009 and 2010, James worked at We Finance Auto Sales. While she worked there, she filed over 450 tax returns with the IRS, claiming a total of more than $2 million in refunds. A number of those returns included fraudulent claims that unlawfully inflated the refund amounts. From those fraudulent tax refunds, James received $113,951.

“Fraudulent tax preparers are criminals who steal from the people of the United States,” stated U.S. Attorney Beck. “Our office will continue to prosecute these criminal to the full extent of the law.”

The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama.


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