Louisiana Tax Return Preparer Convicted of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Following a four-day jury trial in Baton Rouge, La., a federal jury convicted Angela Myers yesterday of wire fraud, making false claims, subscribing to false tax returns and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service announced.
Based on the evidence presented at trial, Myers operated Angie’s Tax Service, a tax preparation business located in Baton Rouge. Myers electronically filed false claims for tax refunds using the names and Social Security numbers of identity theft victims. Myers filed the identity theft tax returns using a unique preparer identification number assigned to her daughter. Many of the victims were nursing home patients who resided at Port Allen Care Center in Port Allen, La., and who did not have the ability to leave the nursing home.
Myers reportedly commenced the fraudulent returns in January 2007 and was indicted in January 2012.
Source: Department of Justice.