Woman sentenced for filing 86 false tax claims

akflanagan@thestate.comNovember 22, 2013 

— A Kershaw woman has been sentenced to 30 months for filing false tax returns using others’ information without their knowledge.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says Penny Maria Smith, 51, was sentenced this week in federal court in Columbia. She was also ordered to pay $82,665 in restitution. Judge Cameron McGowan Currie also imposed three-years supervised release.

Smith, a tax preparer, admitted to filing 86 false claims with the IRS.

Nettles said Smith’s sentence was enhanced because she committed her crime by using her position of trust with some of the victim.

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