Defendant Claimed 19 Dependents had been Born to Her, All on the Same Day
Internal Revenue Service – August 16 2011 – Los Angeles A former Los Angeles resident who had relocated to Livermore, California made her initial appearance in United States District Court this afternoon to answer charges that she aided and assisted in the preparation of false tax returns, fraudulently used social security numbers obtained on the basis of false information, and theft of government property.
Norma Coronel, 40, was charged in a 35-count indictment obtained by prosecutors earlier this year. The charges arose from Coronel s alleged filing of tax returns in the names of third parties which listed, among other things, false dependents.
According to documents filed with the court, the government determined from Social Security Administration records that Coronel had obtained fraudulent Social Security numbers for at least 19 children used to claim false dependents on the tax returns. Coronel claimed, on separate applications, that the children had been born to her at Good Samaritan Hospital on December 11, 2002. According to the hospital s records, Coronel gave birth to a single child, a son, on December 11, 2002.
Coronel, who had been living in Los Angeles at the time the fraudulent returns were filed, was arrested in Livermore, California on July 12, 2011 and detained pending her appearance in the Central District of California.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.
At the conclusion of today s hearing, Coronel was further detained.
If convicted of all of the charges contained in the indictment, Coronel faces a statutory maximum 143 years in federal prison and fines totaling $5,600,000.
The investigation and prosecution of Coronel was conducted by IRS – Criminal Investigation, the Treasury Department s Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration, and the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General, in conjunction with the Tax Division of the United States Attorney s Office in Los Angeles.