Latonya Broadnax, 43, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty to conspiracy
to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue
Broadnax faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine
of up to $250,000.
to court documents, between February 2010 and February 2012, Broadnax conspired
with others to defraud the IRS by obtaining false claims for federal income tax
refunds in the amount of $89,615.
recruited individuals in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Broadnax provided
fraudulent Form W-2 information to her co-conspirators in order to maximize the
income tax refunds for the recruited individuals, who were not entitled to
receive any income tax refund. Broadnax split the amount received from
the fraudulent income tax refunds with the recruited individuals and with the
other co-conspirators. Broadnax received payments of up to $3,000.
example, on one such income tax return, Broadnax assisted in the filing of a
false claim for an income tax refund by obtaining the personal information of
an individual and creating a false Form W-2, which resulted in a false claim
for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This individual did not work in the
year in question and was not entitled to an income tax refund. Broadnax
split the income tax refund amount with this individual.
are issued to taxpayers who are entitled to them," stated Denise Rocawich,
Acting Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field
Office. "Criminal Investigation will continue to aggressively pursue
those who prepare false claims for refunds for the purpose of enriching
themselves and depleting the U.S. Treasury."