The Erie County District Attorney’s Office along with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the indictment of 34-year-old Stephanie Izevbizua.
Izevbizua was arrested in March after she tried to pick up a $39,170 tax refund check that Tax Department investigators believe was claimed using phony information.
Officials say in March of 2018 Izevbizua allegedly filed a personal income tax return claiming wage earnings of $7,500 and claimed she was the owner and sole New York-based employee of Web Debt Solutions, an apparent fake company with no record of any business in the state.
She also allegedly requested an $878 refund on this initial tax return.
Weeks later Izevbizua allegedly filed an amended tax return claiming wages in excess of $5 million from Web Debt Solutions. The amended return noted nearly $515,000 in withholding and requested a refund.
After submitting other amended returns, she fraudulently requested a refund of $39,000.
In April Izevbizua was arraigned in front of a State Supreme Court Judge on felony charges of attempted criminal tax fraud, attempted grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing.
Izevbizua is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m.