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Georgia woman sentenced to 12 months, 1 day in tax fraud scheme

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MACON, Georgia — Federal prosecutors say two Georgia women who operated a tax preparing business have been sentenced on tax fraud charges.

Authorities say 48-year-old Angela Miller of Milledgeville and 47-year-old Lee Lynwood were each sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison.

Prosecutors say the two, who are sisters-in-law conspired to inflate clients' federal tax refunds between 2008 and 2010. Authorities say the pair claimed false business income and losses and also claimed first time homebuyer credits that the women weren't qualified for.

Investigators say after the IRS suspended the business's electronic filing number, the two had an acquaintance apply for another one. The two changed the name of their business, opened another bank account and continued filing returns.

Miller and Lynwood are ordered to pay more than $44,200 in restitution.

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