Friday, April 20, 2018
Public safety

Brooksville woman sentenced in tax return scheme

BROOKSVILLE — A 50-year-old Brooksville woman was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison for using her son's identity to profit from a fraudulent tax return, authorities announced Friday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa, Lee completed a fraudulent tax return in the name of her son, received the refund check at her residence and bribed her grandson to steal her son's personal identification documents. Lee then duped her nephew into impersonating her son in order to open a bank account, deposited the fraudulent tax refund check into the bank account and withdrew the money for her own use. Lee also helped another person cash a fraudulent tax refund check at the same bank and was paid for her part in that scheme, the release said.

Lee pleaded guilty in April to theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, the court ordered her to pay $21,402 restitution.

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