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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Martinsburg Woman Convicted Of Defrauding IRS


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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Debra Myers, 52, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court after she admitted to her role in a tax fraud conspiracy, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Myers pled guilty today to a one-count Information alleging that she conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. An investigation led by the IRS and the West Virginia State Police revealed that she signed five fraudulent tax returns at the direction of her boyfriend, a tax preparer, and allowed more than $30,000.00 in improper refunds to be deposited into her bank accounts.

Myers faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. As part of the plea agreement, she also agreed to pay $38,843.00 in restitution. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated January 7, 2015