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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman living in public housing and on government aid has pleaded not guilty to charges she bilked the U.S. government of more than $1 million from hundreds of bogus tax returns.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 45-year-old Dorresa Braggs of Belleville entered the not-guilty plea Friday to a 12-count indictment in East St. Louis.
 
The charges against the mother of three children range from making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service's investigations arm to aggravated identity theft.
 
Authorities allege she used her computer as a tax preparer to electronically file false tax returns from at least 2010 through the summer of 2012. The indictment alleges she claimed false business expenses for clients and at times falsified W-2 forms to overstate wages and federal income tax withholdings.
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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he was not bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being found guilty of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.

   A federal jury on Wednesday convicted 47 year old Destry Marcotte of Belleville of four counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds.

   Federal prosecutors say evidence presented at trial showed that Marcotte submitted the false claims for refunds for years, claiming a total of more than $600,000.

   Marcotte claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," contending he was not subject to U.S. tax laws.

   After the jury's verdict, Marcotte was ordered detained pending his Jan. 17 sentencing.

   

 
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Thursday, 16 May 2013 02:29

Kirkwood woman convicted of tax fraud

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County woman has been found guilty of federal charges for illegally claiming more than $3 million in tax refunds.

   A federal jury convicted 69 year old Nancy Cicero of Kirkwood Wednesday on four counts of filing false claims with the IRS. A sentencing date was not set.

   Federal prosecutors say Cicero claimed false refunds for the years 2005 through 2008 on taxes she claimed to have paid on bond income, and falsified documents as part of the scheme.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cicero is an adherent of a theory claiming that those with knowledge of proper procedures can obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in their name being held in trust by the government. An IRS investigator called the argument "frivolous."

   

 

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