Two More Women Pleaded Guilty to Tax Fraud Conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Two more Springfield women pleaded guilty for their roles in a $718,00 tax fraud conspiracy.

Carolyn Alice Cobb, 56, and Clementine Lockett, 43,  pleaded guilty to tax fraud conspiracy in separate appearances.

Cobb pleaded guilty to two counts of presenting a false claim and one count of theft of government property.  Cobb remains in federal custody without bond.

Lockett, who is on bond, also pleaded guilty to two counts of presenting a false claim.

Cobb, Lockett, and a third conspirator Lorine Walker each admitted that she participated in a conspiracy, which operated from January 2010 to April 23, 2013, to submit false federal income tax returns and make false claims for federal income tax refunds for the 2009-2012 tax years.

Conspirators used the means of identification of individuals, including their names and social security numbers, and Turbo Tax to prepare and electronically file federal income tax returns.

Those returns were false and fraudulent in that they included fictitious IRS Form W-2 information, listing employers who did not employ the individual listed on the return and reporting wages not earned and employment taxes not withheld from the individual.

The conspiracy resulted in a total of $718,927 in false claims for federal income tax refunds. Conspirators actually received a total of $317,498 in refunds.

(edited news release)


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