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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Akron Woman Sentenced For Filing False Tax Returns

Kelly Prigmore was sentenced to prison for one day, followed by two years of supervised release, with the first ten months subject to location-monitored home confinement, for her August 2013 conviction for filing false income tax returns, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. 

The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Benita Y. Pearson, in Youngstown, Ohio.  Prigmore was taken into immediate custody shortly before noon, to be released at the end of the following afternoon.

Prigmore, age 43, is a resident of Akron, Ohio, according to court records.

Judge Pearson, who presided over the trial without a jury, also ordered Prigmore to provide 192 hours of community service on a schedule of eight hours per week spread out over six of the ten months of home confinement.  The Court also directed Prigmore to undergo mental health treatment and prohibited her from engaging in any gambling activities or from entering any gambling establishments during her supervision.  The Court also gave the supervising probation officer discretion to require Prigmore to enter a gambling treatment program.  The Court further ordered Prigmore to cooperate with the IRS in the payment of her unpaid taxes.

Prigmore was convicted after a two-day trial last August of filing false income tax returns for 2006 and 2007, on which she failed to report over $200,000 of income she earned as a self-employed provider of home health care.  Evidence at trial revealed that Prigmore went to H&R Block to prepare and electronically file her joint income returns for those years.  She caused the returns to list her occupation as a homemaker and to report that she and her husband were a low income family entitled to an Earned Income Credit and resulting tax refund each year.

For 2006, she reported total income of $8,600 and omitted additional income of approximately $96,686.  For 2007, she reported total income of $8,990 and omitted additional income of approximately $112,795, according to evidence at trial. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Siegel and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry D. Mastrocola, following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Akron, Ohio.

Updated March 12, 2015