SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A woman was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay close to a $1 million in restitution after pleading guilty to tax fraud.
Nakia Renee Vaughn, 27, was arrested in January for filing fake tax returns using TurboTax and used the company's service of loaded debit cards to get a hold of the tax return money, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California.
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Vaughn, plus co-defendants Nadiyah Muhammad Woods, 33, and Tomisha Lee McKinnie, 25, had the debit cards and tax return checks mailed to various addresses under their control in Sacramento County,
Horwood said the three pretended to be victim taxpayers so they could activate debit card, cash checks and received goods and services. In all, the defendants filed more than 280 fake tax returns and victimized more than 200 taxpayers.
Vaughn and her co-defendants tried to get $1,366,427, but the IRS actually paid $962,079.
All three defendants pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges.
In November, McKinnie was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years on federal supervision; she was also ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $962,079. Woods is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
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Vaughn was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release; she was ordered to pay the IRS $962,079 in restitution.
The Associated Press