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Madison Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

October 4, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ashley L. Heim, 28, Madison, Wis., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Madison to filing a false Form 1040A with the Internal Revenue Service on February 6, 2009.

In calendar year 2008, Heim worked for two separate employers. One of the employers did not deduct any federal income tax, while the other deducted only $574. When Heim completed her Form 1040A, she falsified the W-2s she had received and claimed $4,250 in federal income tax had been deducted for that year. Heim admitted to an IRS agent that she knowingly submitted a false Form 1040A.

As part of the plea agreement, the United States agreed to dismiss two identical counts from 2007 and 2008; however, Heim will be held accountable for that conduct at the sentencing hearing. U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb scheduled sentencing for December 13, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Heim faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The charges against Heim were the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.



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