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3 accused of fraud on federal tax refunds

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013 - 8:42 am

Three El Dorado County women have been indicted in a nationwide $60 million fraudulent tax refund scheme.

In an indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Teresa Marie Marty of Pollock Pines, Rebecca Bandera-Marty of Shingle Springs and Pamela Harris of Placerville were charged with conspiring to defraud the United States, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. In addition, Marty is charged with 33 counts and Bandera-Marty with 16 counts of false claims against the United States.

According to the indictment, in 2008 and 2009, the three women conspired to defraud the United States by filing at least 250 false individual federal income tax returns, claiming more than $60 million in false federal income tax refunds for clients in 26 states. In response to the false returns, the IRS erroneously issued more than 40 tax refunds, totaling more than $8 million.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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