A former Fresno IRS worker was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison and ordered her to pay $33,780 in restitution to the IRS for filing a fraudulent tax return by an employee of the federal government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
According to court documents and evidence at trial, Kimberly English, 53, prepared and filed her own fraudulent tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012. She also prepared and filed tax returns for others, including her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend, for the same tax years. The returns identified in court included fraudulent claims for false deductions and credits, such as the number of dependents and eligibility for the child tax credit. The false returns allowed English and other taxpayers to obtain undue tax refunds or improperly reduce their tax liabilities.
“When IRS employees file fraudulent tax returns, the public’s confidence in the IRS is eroded. This unethical and criminal behavior by an IRS employee with knowledge of the system will never be tolerated and will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” stated Special Agent in Charge Rod Ammari of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Drozd ordered English to begin serving her sentence on Sept. 21.