3 Milledgeville women get prison for tax fraud

Three Milledgeville residents were sentenced to serve federal prison terms Tuesday stemming from charges that they falsified tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A federal investigation revealed 42-year-old Robin Canty; her daughter, 23-year-old Yolanda Canty, and Yolanda Canty’s aunt, 41-year-old Jacqueline Kier, were involved in a scheme to file false tax returns based on fabricated W-2 forms in their own names and the names of other people, according to a news release issued Thursday.

Although most of the “taxpayers” had no knowledge of the returns, the women persuaded the people to provide them with their names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. The information was then used to create false W-2 forms that were used to file electronic tax returns and request refund anticipation loans, according to the release.

The three women entered guilty pleas April 7 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, according to the release.

Robin Canty was sentenced Tuesday to serve 21 months in prison while Yolanda Canty was sentenced to serve eight months in prison. Both women also must serve three years on supervised release and pay $34,889 in restitution, according to the release.

Kier was sentenced to serve a year in prison followed by three years on supervised release. She also must pay $24,318 in restitution, according to the release.