Claymont Woman Accused Of Filing Fake Tax Returns

Mar 08, 2013 -- 4:18am

36-year-old Dawn Chamberlain has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly filing fraudulent tax returns in two states.

Chamberlain was charged Thursday with seven counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, eight counts of aggravated identity theft and twenty counts of submitting false claims to the United States.

Chamberlain faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of wire and mail fraud, up to five years in prison on each count of false claims and consecutive two-year terms of imprisonment on each of the aggravated identity theft charges.

According to the Indictment, from 2009 through 2012, the defendant acted as a tax preparer in Delaware; she filed false and fraudulent U.S. Individual Federal Income Tax Returns for other people.  In the returns, the defendant claimed more than $730,000 in credits to which her clients were not entitled. The Indictment further alleges that the defendant caused the refunds generated by the fraudulent federal income tax returns to be deposited into her own bank accounts, and bank accounts of her family members. 

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