Darby Woman Charged With Seilling Identities of Children In Tax Scam
Shirl Robinson, 46, of Darby, Pennsylvania was charged today by superseding indictment with conspiracy, 10 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns, six counts of identity theft, and aiding and abetting, and one count of attempted identity theft, and aiding and abetting, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
According to the superseding indictment, Robinson obtained the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of children, and sold that information to a West Philadelphia tax preparer for use as false dependents on fraudulent federal income tax returns. The alleged use of the false dependents helped to generate individual refunds of upwards of $7,800. It is also alleged that the defendant was paid approximately $650 for each child’s identity that successfully was used in a false income tax return. Clients of the tax preparer were charged approximately $800 for each false dependent they purchased.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 140 years’ imprisonment, a $3 million fine, three years of supervised release, and a $1,800 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General Office of Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen M. Klotz.
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