Vera Steward of McDonough, Georgia, entered a guilty plea on Friday, March 12 before Judge Allen Keeble in Troup County Superior Court to three counts of theft and one count of computer theft.
A Georgia Department of Revenue review by the Office of Special Investigations noticed that Steward’s tax return for tax year 2005 contained a higher than normal withholding tax amount on an accompanying W-2 form. Further investigation, including interviews with Steward, revealed that she had filed returns with fabricated W-2’s four separate times, resulting in undeserved tax refunds totaling $13,687.25.
Steward, who is medically disabled, received a 15-year probated sentence. As a special condition of her probation she is to perform 960 hours of community service, repay restitution to the Department of Revenue in the amount of $13,687.25, and pay a $1,000.00 fine. The case was investigated by Special Agent Jim Winn of the DOR. Prosecution of the case was handled by Senior Assistant Attorney General Kim Schwartz of the Office of the Attorney General.
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