Woman charged for fraudulent tax returns

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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.

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