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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Buffalo Woman Sentenced For Tax Fraud

CONTACT:      BARBARA BURNS               
PHONE:        (716) 843-5817
FAX:           (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dominique Taylor, 29, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, was sentenced to time served and six months of electronic monitoring by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $54,316.

      Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who handled the case, stated that the defendant conspired with others and submitted false claims for fraudulent income tax refunds. Taylor had others obtain legitimate W-2 forms from actual employers and then altered the forms to create new W-2s by changing income and withholding information so as to maximize the refund to be obtained. The defendant kept a portion of the fraudulent refund received.

      Co-defendant Keianna Jones was also convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

     The conviction is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division under the direction of Acting Agent-In-Charge Shantelle Kitchen.

Updated December 18, 2014