Sisters-in-law were sentenced Wednesday for their part in an income tax fraud scheme.
Angela Miller, 48, of Milledgeville, and Lee Lynwood, 47, of Eatonton, were each sentenced to a year and a day in prison followed by a year of supervised release. They also must pay $44,214 restitution, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States on Feb. 10.
The women operated a tax return preparation business from January 2008 through at least March 2010, conspiring to inflate clients’ federal tax refunds by manipulating returns to claim deductions and credits clients weren’t entitled to receive, according to the release.
In May 2008, the IRS notified the women that their business’s Electronic Filing Number was being revoked. In response, they had an acquaintance apply for another number that they then used to continue their scheme, according to the release.
Miller and Lynwood also changed the name of their business from A&L Tax Services to B&F Tax Services.