On Thursday, it was announced that 53-year-old Yvonne Palmore of Oakley, California had been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Palmore was also ordered to pay $366,269.50 in restitution for conspiring to file false federal tax returns. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers after the defendant’s guilty plea. The defendant pleaded guilty on October 5, 2017 to one count of conspiracy to file false claims.
According to the plea agreement, Palmore admitted to being involved in the filing of 131 false federal income tax returns using the names and identifies of individual without their consent or knowledge. The defendant used account depository numbers on the returns to direct the IRS to deposit the refunds into bank accounts she controlled. As a result of Palmore’s scheme, the Internal Revenue Service paid $366,269.50. Some of the depository accounts were connected to pre-paid debit cards that the defendant used to purchase postal money that she used for her own personal use.
The defendant has also been sentenced to three years of supervised release. She will begin serving her sentence on June 1, 2018. Additional details have been made available here.