Springfield Woman Sent to Prison for Tax Fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A Springfield woman was sentenced to more than six years in prison without parole for her part in a tax fraud scheme.

56-year-old Carolyn Alice Cobb was sentenced to six years and five months in prison. Cobb must also pay $215,184 in restitution.

Cobb, along with co-conspirators Nancy Lorine Walker, 56, and Clementine Lockett, 43, both of Springfield, pleaded guilty to a tax conspiracy that totaled $718,927 in false claims for federal income tax refunds.

The court found the total intended loss amount for Cobb’s involvement in the conspiracy was $597,769. The three actually received a total of $317,498 in refunds.

Cobb, Walker, and Lockett used other peoples identities 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.

Walker and Lockett still await sentencing. 

(edited news release)

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