Fort Worth Woman Found Guilty Of Tax Evasion
A woman from Fort Worth, Texas, has been convicted of tax evasion charges, as well as for embezzling money from her workplace.
Misti Rieger, 50, recently pleaded guilty to charges revolving around a tax fraud scheme, in which she wrote 87 fake checks and used the money for personal reasons, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She was employed at Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions from 2003 to 2007, and worked as an accounting supervisor.
In total, Rieger said she stole $355,391 from her former office, according to the news source. In 2007, Rieger filed a joint tax return with her husband, in which she claimed more than $38,500 as income, when they actually made a combined $143,211.
She will be sentenced in June, and faces a maximum of five years in prison, $250,000 fine to the Internal Revenue Service, along with restitution payments to AmerisourceBergen Corporation, PHS' parent company.
The IRS is stepping up its fight against tax evasion after President Barack Obama announced the crime to be a top priority.