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Arlington Woman Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud the IRS

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

DALLAS — Crystal Burrows, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 28 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $320,375 in restitution.  The sentencing follows Burrows’ guilty plea in January 2017 to one count of wire fraud.  The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Judge Boyle ordered Burrows to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on January 17, 2018.

According to documents filed in her case, beginning in 2014, Borrows knowingly and intentionally participated in a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  More specifically, Burrows electronically filed tax returns for the tax year 2013 with her EFIN, and for tax years 2014 and 2015 with EFINs of coconspirators, under taxpayers’ names and social security numbers without the taxpayers’ knowledge or consent.  In total, Burrows prepared and filed at least 22 fraudulent tax returns using stolen identifying information of tax payers.  Burrows also used two stolen social security numbers to establish numerous credit card accounts, a car loan, store accounts, and care credit accounts typically used for medical procedures.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Wirmani is in charge of the prosecution.

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Lisa Slimak

Updated December 8, 2017