Woman Pleads Guilty to ID Theft, Income Tax Fraud
By WestKyStar Staff
BOWLING GREEN, KY - A Todd County, Kentucky woman has pled guilty to all twenty-four counts contained in a federal indictment from November 9, 2011, charging her with filing false income tax returns and identity theft.
David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky announced the plea Wednesday. Louisa A. Edmonds, age 44, of Elkton, was charged in the indictment with five counts of filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service, fifteen counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns filed with the IRS, and four counts of identity theft.
During the plea hearing, Edmonds admitted that she filed false income tax returns for 2005 through 2009, for herself, that contained various false deductions, including those for dependents, Schedule A medical and dental expenses, charitable contributions, attorney and accounting fees, and fraudulent credits including the Child Tax Credit, the Additional Child Tax Credit, the First-Time Homebuyer Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Additionally, Edmonds admitted that she prepared false income tax returns for others that claimed deductions and credits that they were not entitled to receive. These fraudulent items include false dependents, fraudulent filing status, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Child Tax Credit. Edmonds agreed to an entry of an order of restitution in the amount of $37,139.00 to the IRS.
During the hearing Edmonds also admitted that she knowingly used the identification of another person without his/her permission to file a false income tax return.
Edmonds faces no more than three years on counts one to twenty, a $250,000 fine and one year supervised release and no more than five years on counts 21 to 24, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release when she is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell on December 5.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James R. Lesousky, Jr. and is being investigated by the IRS division of Criminal Investigation.