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Tennessee Woman Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Claims for Refund

For Immediate Release
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Filed False Claims for Refund Causing Loss of More Than $1 Million

A Nashville, Tennessee, woman was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for filing false claims for refund, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney David Rivera for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Karen Liane Miller, 61, admitted that from about August 2008 until about July 2009, she knowingly prepared and submitted multiple false federal income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of her friends, family and herself.  The returns reported false amounts of taxable income on attached Forms 1099-OID (Original Issue Discount) and Forms 1099-A that Miller created and fraudulently represented to have been issued by financial institutions.  The returns also reported identical or near-identical false amounts of federal income tax withheld from the fictitious income to generate claims for tax refunds that were significantly higher than what the taxpayers were entitled to receive.  Miller filed 48 fraudulent tax returns that falsely claimed more than $19.8 million in refunds.  The IRS issued $1,003,238 in refunds for eight of the 48 fraudulent returns.

In addition to the prison term, Miller was ordered to serve two years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $939,835.62.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney Rivera commended special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case and Trial Attorneys Alexander Effendi and Nathan Brooks of the Tax Division and Assistant US Attorney Carrie Daughtrey, who are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

Updated August 22, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-963