FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2011
Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that WANDA S. REEDY, of El Dorado, Arkansas, has pled guilty to five counts of filing false claims against the United States. Reedy was indicted on November 4, 2010, on 19 counts of filing false claims. These claims were comprised of federal income tax returns for tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009 that claimed refunds from $1,573.00 to $9,316.00.
According to a plea agreement filed for the hearing, Reedy began preparing tax returns in January 2007. Reedy admitted that she prepared five tax returns to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) knowing that they contained false items. These fraudulent items included: Falsified wages, withholding and deductions, falsified dependants and Schedule C income.
Reedy admitted during the hearing that these false claims and others resulted in overstated refunds which were paid out in the amount of $111,151.00. Reedy agreed to pay restitution to the IRS of this amount.
This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson represented the government.