Crime

3 Milledgeville residents plead guilty in tax-filing scheme

Three Milledgeville residents who filed false tax returns have pleaded guilty in federal court.

Robin Canty, Yolanda Canty and Jacqueline Kier were involved in a scheme to file false tax returns based on fabricated W-2 forms in their names and in the names of others, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon.

Here’s what happened, according to the government:

The defendants would persuade others to give them their names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. Most of the others did not know that returns were being filed in their names. The three would use this information to create the false W-2 forms in the name of actual employers who did not employ the individuals.

The tax returns would be electronically filed and requests made for refund anticipation loans. The refunds would be sent by direct deposit to a bank account controlled by the defendants.

The total intended loss attributed to the conspiracy was nearly $193,000, the Internal Revenue Service said.

The three pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to defraud the government. They face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. No date has been set for sentencing.

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