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Fairview Woman Admits Filing $238,877 In Bogus Tax Returns

Internal Revenue Service
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FAIRVIEW, N.J. -- A Farview woman admitted in federal court that she prepared $238,877 worth of bogus income tax returns.

“Refunds are issued to taxpayers who are entitled to them,” said Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen of the Newark IRS-Criminal Investigation office after Sharon Ashby pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark.

Ashby, 38, prepared four dozen false returns "by intentionally including fraudulent employment information on Forms W-2 showing the clients earning wages from employers where they were not employed or claiming deductions to which they were not entitled in order to generate false refunds," Larsen said.

She "filed these fraudulent returns with the IRS electronically and kept a portion of the refunds for herself," he said.

The investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation of Newark and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 4.

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