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Harrisburg woman sentenced for role in IRS scheme

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg woman must spend a year in prison and pay more than $57,000 to the IRS for her role in a conspiracy to submit fraudulent income tax returns.

A federal judge ordered 25-year-old Stephanie A. Metz to begin serving the sentence August 25.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Metz provided a co-conspirator with addresses where fraudulent income tax refund checks could be delivered and was paid a fee for each refund check she delivered.

For the tax years 2010 and 2011, Metz provided addresses for 33 fraudulent income tax returns that requested a total of $242,095 in refunds.

The IRS paid out $57,216 to the co-conspirator before the scheme was detected in early 2012, Smith said.

Smith did not identify the co-conspirator.

He said the investigation involved the filing of hundreds of thousands of false returns using the stolen identities of residents of Puerto Rico.


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