Written by attorney Jeffrey Tyson Hammerschmidt

California Woman Sentenced To Three Years For $1.3 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

A Sacramento woman was recently sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for tax fraud in relation to a scheme in which she attempted to obtain tax refunds by filing false tax returns. According to court documents, Nadiyah Muhammad Woods, 34, along with two others, filed false tax returns using TurboTax, the well-known online tax preparation software.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, “To operate the scheme, the defendants obtained Green Dot and other debit cards offered through the TurboTax software that were loaded with the tax refunds of taxpayer victims whose identities they used. They had the tax refunds mailed to various addresses under their control in Sacramento County. The defendants posed as the victims in order to activate the debit cards, cash the checks, and obtain cash, goods, and services. The scheme involved more than 280 false tax returns and more than 200 victim taxpayers. They attempted to obtain $1,366,427 from the IRS, with $962,079 paid by the IRS."

“Federal law enforcement is committed to pool interagency resources to identify and bring to justice those who abuse the IRS’ electronic tax filing process and the financial institutions that provide debit card tax refunds through the U.S. Mail," Acting San Francisco Division Inspector in Charge Rafael Nunez stated. “These types of financial crimes will be aggressively investigated with our partners in law enforcement and presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The investigations and prosecutions contribute to the safety and security of our employees and the mail, and protect the public."

Jose M. Martinez, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge, said: “This sentence sends a clear message that IRS-CI is determined to stop false tax refund schemes." Martinez further stated, “The object of these schemes is to defraud the government and the American taxpaying public. IRS-CI will continue to identify and investigate those involved in these types of schemes."

If you are in need of criminal defense lawyer in California, please contact the Fresno based law firm of Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation. Our attorneys can be reached at (559) 772-4614. We are also on the Web at

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