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Angela Myers of Baton Rouge, La., was recently sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, making false claims, and subscribing to false tax returns.
Myers, who operated a tax preparation service in Baton Rouge called Angie's Tax Service, filed false claims for tax refunds using the names and Social Security numbers of identity theft victims, many of them nursing home residents at the Port Allen Care Center in Port Allen, La.
According to evidence presented at trial, Myers also lied on her own 2007 and 2008 tax returns, failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax preparation fees she earned at Angie's Tax Service.
"This thief victimized vulnerable nursing home patients and stole from all honest taxpayers," Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Tax Division, said in a statement. "The severe prison sentence handed down today demonstrates that such crimes will not be tolerated."
In addition to her prison sentence, Myers was ordered to pay $202,685 in restitution to the IRS.