Tax Commission News Release
Two women sentenced for tax fraud
BOISE, IDAHO — July 6, 2018 — Two Idaho women recently pleaded guilty to tax fraud and were sentenced to jail time. These pleas are part of the Idaho State Tax Commission’s increased efforts to prosecute tax fraud.
Mandie Stacy, a Nampa woman, pleaded guilty in May to income tax evasion and welfare fraud. Stacy fraudulently received $26,000 in food stamp and Medicaid benefits and failed to report the fraudulent income on her taxes. She was sentenced to serve up to 12 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in two years. Stacy was also ordered to pay over $27,000 dollars in restitution to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Tax Commission.
Nancy Jensen, a Blackfoot woman, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of filing a false income tax return. She was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail, five years of probation and 100 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.
“People who cheat on their taxes not only rob the state of the funds needed to provide critical services, they also increase the cost paid by honest taxpayers,” said Tax Commission Chairman Ken Roberts. “We will continue to work with county prosecutors and others to pursue these tax evaders.”
Tax fraud includes doing something to evade paying taxes, like filing a false document, filing a false tax return or underreporting income. It also includes filing a tax return under someone else’s name to get a refund.
The Tax Commission finds tax fraud from its routine identity theft fraud detection, tax audits, and tips from prosecutors and the public.
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