Harrisburg woman pleads guilty to filing false tax return

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HARRISBURG, Pa. –  Aida Crespo, 44, of Harrisburg pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court to a one count Indictment that charged her with submitting a false and fraudulent tax return to the Internal Revenue Service. Crespo was previously indicted by a federal grand jury on October 7, 2015.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, between the years 2007 and 2011, Crespo made numerous false representations in the preparation of income tax returns for herself and for others in order to maximize refund amounts. The fraudulent preparation included misrepresenting Schedule C income, listing fictitious dependents and manipulating filing status. As a result, the United States Treasury issued refunds to citizens which exceeded the amount that they were entitled to receive.

Crespo faces up to 5 years in federal prison, a term of supervised release following release and a fine on her conviction.