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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Schenectady Woman Sentenced To 41 Months Imprisonment For Sending The Irs More Than $3.6 Million In Bogus Payments

ALBANY, NEW YORK – PATRICIA ALFIERI, 53, of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe to 41 months imprisonment for mail fraud and filing a false return, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen. ALFIERI was also ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $47,484.

As part of her December 4, 2013, guilty plea, AFLFIERI admitted that she mailed 65 bogus checks totaling more than $3.6 million to the IRS while she was a New York State Department of Taxation and Finance employee. ALFIERI’S actions caused the IRS to issue her more than $87,000 in bogus “overpayment refunds”. ALFIERI also admitted that she filed a false income tax return, over-reporting her federal income tax withholding and fabricating home mortgage interest and real estate tax payments.

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman.

Updated January 29, 2015