A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a 28-count indictment Friday against two El Dorado Hills women, accusing them of preparing bogus tax returns and receiving illegitimate refunds.
Barbara Antonucci, 49, and Sherry Taggart, 54, are charged with conspiracy to file false claims, filing false claims and aggravated identity theft, according a federal Department of Justice news release.
Court documents say that starting in March 2008 and continuing through March 2014, Antonucci and Taggart obtained the names, Social Security numbers and additional identifying information of other people. The women allegedly used the personal information to file federal tax returns in their own names and those of other taxpayers. The federal tax returns contained false and fraudulent representations, including false statements about wages earned, occupations and dependents, authorities said.
The defendants filed the returns with the Internal Revenue Service through the U.S. mail and via the Internet from Sacramento, Yuba and Placer counties. Authorities said Antonucci and Taggart requested that the IRS issue the tax refunds in their own names as well as those of other taxpayers, from whom the defendants allegedly took money.
Antonucci and Taggart were arrested and made their initial federal court appearances on Friday. Both were ordered detained pending further detention hearing on Monday. A status conference in District Court was set for May 14.
The case followed an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, United States Postal Service and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.