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Woodland woman indicted in fraudulent tax refund scheme

A Woodland woman is one of two people indicted earlier this month in a tax-refund scheme that authorities say resulted in requests for more than $900,000 in fraudulent refunds.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Jan. 14 returned a 16-count indictment charging Denna Chambers, 33, of Woodland and Starsheka Mixon, 32, of Pinole, in Contra Costa County, with conspiracy to submit false claims and submitting false, fictitious or fraudulent claims, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Chambers and Mixon were arraigned late last week. Each pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say that between January 2011 and June 2013, Chambers and Mixon obtained names and identifying information of other people and used this information to file false federal income tax returns. The tax returns included false statements about income, dependents, occupations and entitlement to tax credits.

Prosecutors say the women submitted about 175 false tax returns seeking more than $900,000 in fraudulent refunds.

Mixon also is charged with submitting a false claim for a refund in connection with her personal tax return.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy