Los Angeles Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Making a False Claim with the IRS

Riverside – LawFuel.com – IRS News – Appearing before United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, a Los Angeles woman was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison for making a false claim for payment against the Internal Revenue Service.

Kelly Tezino, 35, was further ordered to pay restitution of $533,434 to the IRS and to spend 2 years on supervised release following her prison sentence. Tezino will begin serving her prison sentence on January 28, 2013.

Tezino pleaded guilty in August to a one-count information charging her with preparing and filing with the IRS a false 2006 income tax return for an individual reporting false wages and tax withholdings from an employer for which the individual never worked.

According to documents filed with the court, Tezino admitted that from approximately March 2006 to February 2009, she knowingly filed at least 76 fraudulent income tax returns, falsely claiming refunds of approximately $533,434.

The income tax returns prepared and filed by Tezino often claimed refunds based on false Forms W-2 which completely fabricated the individual’s salary and withholdings. Additionally, Tezino used her personal, her children’s, and her associates’ personal bank accounts as the bank account reported on the false returns where the fraudulent direct deposits were to be deposited by the IRS.

The investigation of Tezino was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation in Los Angeles in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

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