BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal judge sentenced a woman on Thursday for preparing false tax returns for herself and others.
Lugenia L. "Gigi" Conner of Trussville was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of house arrest. She also has to pay more than $56,000 back to the IRS.
"Tax return preparers who concoct schemes to collect inflated refunds are stealing from the U.S. Treasury and cheating the millions of hard-working Americans who pay their due share of taxes each year," said Joyce White Vance, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. "The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to work with the IRS to prosecute tax fraud and protect the sanctity and integrity of the tax system."
A federal grand jury last year also indicted Conner's sister, Kaneshia Conner-Goodgame, in connection with a tax prep business they ran together. Conner-Goodgame pleaded guilty in January and is scheduled to be sentence May 27.