Accounting News

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
143 Year Sentence for Tax Preparer

Norma Coronel, a tax preparer in California is facing 143 years in prison for filing false tax returns. The sentence would be the maximum if found guilty of every charge in the 35-count indictment filed by persecutors. She could also face fines of $5.6 million.

The best part of the story is how she got caught. Norma filed a return with 19 dependents. The social security numbers were false. She thought that the IRS wouldn't notice that all the kids had the same birthday. If she really had given birth to 19 kids it probably would have made the news. I wonder if she tried to claim medical expenses for them all?