After conspiring to file at least 224 individual income tax returns, Danyelle Calcagno of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced to 72 months in prison, according to a statement put out by the Department of Justice last Thursday.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon announced that Calcagno claimed more than $1.2 million in fraudulent refunds.
Along with co-conspirator Latisha L. Simmons of Phoenix, who helped obtain the names and social security numbers of her victims, Calcagno used the internet access in Portland-area hotels to hide the sources of the fraudulent returns.
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According to documents filed with the court, “Calcagno directed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to deposit the claimed refunds into different bank accounts and prepaid debit cards that she could access in order to divide the proceeds of the fraud and make it more difficult for law enforcement to identify her as the filer of the returns. In total, Calcagno and her co-conspirators filed returns seeking at least $1,220,246 in refunds.”
A convicted felon who had already plead guilty to crimes such as fraud and identity theft, Calcagno has been ordered to serve three years of supervised release and must pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $742,754. Simmons will serve 39 months in jail.
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