Former Harrisburg woman sentenced for tax fraud scheme

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HARRISBURG – Sunalen Arzuaga, 35, formerly of Harrisburg, currently residing in Brunswich, Ga., was sentenced today to one year in federal prison by United States Middle District Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg for a tax fraud scheme.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Arzuaga pleaded guilty in November 2015 for her role in submitting false and fraudulent tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service.

Between the years 2008 and 2011, Arzuaga 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 $150,000 in refunds to unentitled.

Chief Judge Conner also ordered Arzuaga to pay $112,640 in restitution for her share of the tax fraud scheme.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.