When someone is accused of tax fraud or identity theft, their life may change instantly. Sometimes, these allegations result in lengthy prison sentences, lost jobs, steep fines and permanent damage to reputations. In Minneapolis, and cities across the entire state of Minnesota, people who have been accused of tax fraud need to take a careful look at all of their options.
The U.S. Attorney's office said that a 28-year-old woman from St. Paul recently admitted to filing false tax returns with identities that had been stolen. According to prosecutors, the woman was able to convince members of her family into letting her file their tax returns during 2013 to 2015. A court date for the woman has not been announced at this time.
Prosecutors claim that the woman had told family members that it would cost less for her to file their taxes in comparison to other tax services. The fraudulent tax returns allegedly resulted in over $500,000 worth of false claims. Moreover, the woman reportedly confessed to stealing information from minors in order to list dependents on the tax returns.
In some cases, people are accused of a tax crime they never committed. In others, those accused of a tax-related offense receive a harsher punishment because they failed to present their case properly. As a result, handling these types of cases well is of the utmost importance. Many people who have found themselves in this difficult position benefit from connecting with an experienced legal professional who understands the ins and outs of the law.
Source: CBS Minnesota, "St. Paul Woman Pleads Guilty In Stolen Identity Tax Fraud Scheme," Aug. 12, 2016