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Elmira Woman Sentenced for Filing False Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

         ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jennifer Ford, 28, of Elmira, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy and filing false federal income tax returns, was by U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa to five years probation, six months confinement at a community facility, and ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service $67,926 in restituion.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who handled the case, stated that in 2005 and 2006, the defendant and her sister, Dawn White, filed several false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of New York. Specifically, the tax returns contained false wage and tax withholding information that resulted in refunds to which Ford was not entitled. For example, for the 2005 tax year, Ford submitted a return claiming she had earned income from General Revenue Corporation in the amount of $92,000 and had $39,000 in federal taxes withheld. In actuality, the defendant earned only $2,692 from General Revenue Corporation and had only $294 in taxes withheld. As a result of the false return, Ford received $21,022 refund. In total, 13 false tax returns were filed, resulting in a loss of approximately $100,000 to the IRS.

            Dawn White was convicted at trial in early 2012 and was sentenced in March 2013 to 33 months in prison.

            The conviction was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of  Special Agent- in-Charge Toni M. Weirauch.




Updated December 3, 2014