Baton Rouge woman sentenced for abusing tax credit

Baton Rouge woman sentenced for abusing tax credit
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POSTED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:04am

A Baton Rouge woman has will be sent to jail for abusing first-time homebuyer credits and profiting off of it.

Brenda Matthews, 59, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment for making False Claims to an Agency of the United States and two counts of Identity Theft. The court also ordered restitution in the amount of $117,656. 

Matthews’ sentence this morning follows her guilty plea to the charges at her re-arraignment on October 25, 2012.

She admitted that in July and August 2009, she filed 20 tax returns for tax year 2008 fraudulently claiming refunds based on first-time homebuyer credits.

The returns prepared by Matthews listed the names and social security numbers of others who had allegedly purchased homes, when in fact, the homes had not been purchased.

In some instances, Matthews used the social security numbers of people who did not know their identities were being used to file fraudulent tax returns. In all, the fraudulent returns, which reported the taxpayers as having no income, generated refunds in excess of $117,656.
  

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