A Wendell woman was sentenced on Wednesday to 52 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $104,624 in restitution. Kimberly Nicole Torres, 40, had previously pled guilty to making a false and fraudulent claim for a refund. Evident presented during her plea and sentencing in federal court showed Torres used the identities of others, often without their knowledge, to prepare and file fraudulent tax returns.
US Attorney Thomas G. Walker said, “Our tax system relies on the honesty of tax payers with a heightened duty of honesty expected from professional tax preparers. Whenever someone like Torres deliberately files false returns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in support of the IRS will pursue the matter through the Courts as provided by our laws.”
The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and United States Secret Service.