Alton Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Tax Scheme
Tracey Macklin, 41, of Alton, Illinois, pled guilty on August 24, 2012, in federal court to filing A False Federal Income Tax Return, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The offense carries a maximum possible penalty of up to three years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2012.
Macklin is one of eight individuals charged in an Indictment charging that false Forms W-2 were provided to friends and relatives for the purpose of enabling them to file false federal income tax returns and receive false federal tax refunds. The W-2's falsely represented wages paid, falsely represented federal income taxes withheld, falsely represented Social Security taxes withheld, and falsely represented Medicare taxes withheld.
The Indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.
To report criminal tax fraud call the I.R.S. Criminal Investigations at (618) 622-2160 or by sending the information to the Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.
Note: Others charged in the Indictment are presumed innocent unless or until their guilt is proven by competent evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.