Middle Georgia sisters-in-law sentenced for conspiring to defraud the United States
According to a news release from the U.S Department of Justice, 48-year-old Angela Miller of Milledgeville and 47-year-old Lee Lynwood of Eatonton will each serve a year and one day in prison followed by one year of supervised release. They are also order to pay $44,214.62 in restitution.
Miller and Lynwood pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States on February 10th.
According to court documents, from at least January 2008 to March 2010, Miller and Lynwood ran a tax return preparation business. Authorities say they conspired to inflate their clients’ federal tax refunds by making the paperwork reflect false business income or loss amounts and to claim deductions and credits, like First-Time Homebuyer Credit, that the clients were not entitled to receive.
The DOJ adds Miller and Lynwood also continued their scheme by preventing the IRS from shutting down their ability to electronically file tax returns. Authorities say in May 2008, the IRS revoked Miller and Lynwood’s Electronic Filing Number (EFIN) for their business, A&L Tax Services. The news release states Miller and Lynwood had an acquaintance apply for another (EFIN) in her name, which Miller and Lynwood used to continue to file fake tax returns.