On Monday, it was announced that a 41-year-old woman from Oxford, New York has pled guilty to making a false claim against the United States and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. Lavyette Anna Louisa Garcia pled guilty to the charges. As a part of the guilty plea, the defendant admitted that she prepared tax returns for a fee while living in Oxford and Norwich, New York.
She admitted to preparing at least 110 false tax returns from 2011 to 2014. Her actions resulted in an intended loss to the United States of $848,196. Garcia admitted to preparing a 2012 tax return for a customer that falsely claimed self-employment income and several tax credits. The defendant also admitted to preparing a 2009 tax return for another client that falsely claimed income and several tax credits.
These false returns caused the United States Treasury Department to issue refunds, which the taxpayers were not entitled. The defendant now faces a maximum of eight years in prison and three years of supervised release. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17, 2018. Additional details have been made available here.