Robyn Jackson, Hennaysha Candler guilty in refund scheme - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

2 women plead guilty to income tax refund scheme

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Robyn Jackson, 24, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

Jackson faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Also, on January 31, 2013, Hennaysha Candler, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS and faces the same maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to court documents, beginning in or about December 2009, Jackson and Candler conspired to prepare and file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS.  Jackson recruited individuals and obtained their information, which Candler used to electronically file the income tax returns.  Candler controlled how and where the income tax refunds would be delivered, including depositing a substantial portion of the individual's income tax refund into Candler and Jackson's banks accounts, often without the individual's knowledge.

Candler prepared and filed the income tax returns using the taxpayer information gathered by Jackson, which reported fictitious or altered Form W-2 wages and federal withholdings from legitimate businesses without the businesses' knowledge or consent.  The fictitious Forms W-2 income and federal withholdings reported on the income tax returns qualified the individual taxpayer's to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, and/or the Making Work Pay Credit.

By doing so, the individuals were able to claim income tax refunds in amounts greater than they would have been entitled, or they received income tax refunds that were falsely inflated.

Candler prepared and filed at least 42 false claims for income tax refunds in this manner.

Candler prepared and filed her own federal income tax returns for the 2009 and 2010 income tax years, which also contained false Form's W-2 and false federal withholdings resulting in income tax refunds that she knew were greater than which she was entitled.  Candler also prepared and filed a false 2010 income tax return on behalf of Jackson.

Jackson often withdrew the income tax refund money deposited into her bank account and provided cash to Candler in exchange for expensive gifts and favors.

Jackson's actions in this case caused a tax loss to the IRS in the amount of $201,513 for the 2010 income tax year.  Candler's actions in this case caused a tax loss to the IRS in the amount of $211,461.40, which accounts for both the 2009 and 2010 income tax years.

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