Woman convicted of using names of dead people to file tax returns

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SALT LAKE CITY — A West Jordan woman has been convicted in federal court of filing tax returns under the names of dead people.

Jacquelin Boyd, 37, pleaded guilty to making a false claim to the IRS in U.S. District Court on Friday. According to prosecutors, from May 2, 2012, until about Oct. 13, 2012, Boyd "worked with others to obtain the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other personal identifiers of deceased individuals and used the information to file false and fraudulent tax returns with the IRS."

Boyd obtained the names and Social Security numbers of people who had died in California through a website, according to the indictment against her. She then submitted falsified 1040 and 1040A tax returns using their names and "false records of employers, wages and Utah addresses to submit with these returns."

Refunds were wired to bank accounts in California owned by Boyd as well as treasury checks to a Utah address, according to the charges. As part of her plea deal, Boyd has agreed to pay more than $32,000 in restitution to the IRS.

She was originally indicted on a total of 21 counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud, filing false claims and aggravated identity theft.

As part of a plea deal, she pleaded guilty to a single count of filing a false tax return in October of 2012 for which she received a return of $2,444, according to prosecutors.

Boyd was coincidentally scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on April 15, the tax filing deadline. Under the plea deal, she is expected to be sentenced to just over a year in federal prison.

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