Lufkin woman sentenced for filing false tax returns
BEAUMONT, Texas —
A Lufkin woman has been sentenced to federal prison for tax violations.
Sheila Phillips, 52, has been sentenced for her part in making a false statement to the Internal Revenue Service.
Phillips was the operator of a tax preparation and electronic business known by both Sheila's Tax Return and Ashley's Tax Service.
During that time, she prepared a false tax return stating that a person was the head of a housebold, and that the person had a foster child. The foster child qualified the tax filer for a larger deduction.
However, that person did not have any children or foster children that qualified for a deduction.
In all, Phillips made the same false statements on 29 separate tax returns, resulting in overpayments in the amount of $124,127.
She was indicted on March 21st, charged with tax violations, and pleaded guilty on May 30th.
Phillips was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on Thursday, November 8th by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.
Phillips was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $124,217.00 to the IRS.