Kristi Finney pleaded guilty to tax fraud for filing false tax returns. From 2013 to 2018 Finney offered tax services from her home and charged a rate of $200 per return. She falsified employment, income and expense information on the returns. She also claimed large financial losses for businesses that did not exist, which resulted in larger tax refunds for her clients.
Finney would then divert portions of the refunds to herself by placing the refunds on prepaid debit cards. Finney hid her involvement by claiming the returns were prepared by her clients, but the IRS linked 147 suspicious tax returns to her and was able to identify her as the filer through Internet protocol addresses, email addresses associated with the electronic returns and through witness interviews.
She has been ordered to pay restitution of $359,733 to the IRS and sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.
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