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Tucson woman sentenced for fraudulent tax returns

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 23:21:33-05

A Tucson woman has been sentenced for filing false income tax returns to gain thousands of dollars in refunds.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona says 33-year-old Clariece Burden-Stelly was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in a federal prison. Once she is released, Burden-Stelly will be on supervised release for three years.
    
The sentencing is a result of her guilty plea to false claims and wire fraud.
    
Prosecutors say Burden-Stelly filed the false documents between 2012 and 2012 with names and Social Security numbers she obtained.
    
In addition, she used the IRS employer identification numbers of her ex-employers to report bogus wage and withholding information.
    
Burden-Stelly has also been ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution.