Jeffersonville tax preparer pleads guilty to widespread fraud

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 17, 2014 

A Jeffersonville woman pleaded guilty Friday to filing dozens of fake tax credits worth more than $283,000, as well as major fake health care claims, federal prosecutors said.

Jackie Elvine, 39, also known as Jackie Young, pleaded guilty in federal court in Macon to health care fraud, aiding in the preparation of a false tax return and false claims against the government.

According to a release, Elvine launched Young’s Financial Billing Service in 2008 as a tax preparation service and submitted hundreds of tax returns. At least 61 of those returns included fraudulent tax credits for first-time homebuyers, amounting to $283,683, the statement said. Numerous fake tax credits for higher education costs were also submitted.

The prosecutors’ statement said Elvine defrauded AFLAC of $147,483.56 and National Reimbursement Group for $118,446.84.

The health care fraud charge has a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Aiding in the preparation of a false tax return can bring three years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, while the false claims against the government charge can bring five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 9.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said tax and health care fraud raise health care prices and deplete tax credits to help students and homebuyers.

“These types of crimes are far-reaching. The path of greed in this case will likely lead to the federal prison,” Moore said.

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