Ga. woman sentenced in Iowa fraud case

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Georgia woman who prepared tax returns has been sentenced to two year in prison in a federal tax fraud case in Iowa.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 37-year-old Demetries Johnson, from Lithonia, Ga., was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. She pleaded guilty in August to four counts of making false, fictitious or fraudulent claims on federal income tax returns.

Prosecutors say Johnson filed at least 39 tax returns from 2006 through 2008 that falsely claimed a dependent or overstate income, which resulted in excess tax refunds of more than $200,000. Authorities say in some cases, Johnson was paid by the taxpayer or would receive payments by directing the deposit of refunds into specified bank accounts.

Johnson was ordered to pay nearly $236,000 in restitution.


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