Alabama Woman Sentenced For Tax Crimes
A woman from Elmore, Alabama, was recently sentenced to 60 months in prison for charges related to a tax evasion scheme.
Sharon Thurman, a former tax preparer, was convicted of identity theft and income tax fraud charges in a U.S. district court in February, according to The Wetumpka Herald. She received a total of 14 counts of tax evasion after filing the fake returns. In addition, she was charged with two counts of government money theft and another two counts of stealing identities.
In total, Thurman stole more than $56,000 from the Internal Revenue Service during her scheme, which occurred from January to April 2008, the news source reported. The owner of Sharon's Tax Service had the money directly deposited into her bank account, and two of her customers told authorities they did not receive their refunds.
Multiple victims of the fraudulent activity told the court that they did not even file or request Thurman to work with their taxes, the news source added.
In addition to her jail sentence, Thurman was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.