Georgia Freeman, 42, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of tax fraud after she attempted to defraud the Internal Revenue Service out of more than $50,000 by obtaining false claims for federal income tax refunds. Freeman’s guilty plea was entered at the Southern District of Ohio federal courthouse in Cincinnati.
According to court documents, between January and February of 2012, Freeman allegedly used fraudulent W-2 forms that indicated wages were paid to individuals who didn’t work and were not eligible to receive income tax refunds. In total, Freeman was able to scam the IRS out of $51,075. She is also accused of recruiting other conspirators in the Cincinnati area to provide her with their personal identification information so she could file the false returns. The funds Freeman was able to receive were split between her co-conspirators and other individuals. Prosecutors allege that Freeman received payments of up to $3,000 for each of the fraudulent income tax refunds.
Georgia Freeman, of Middletown, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
This case was prosecuted by Senior Litigator Anne Porter and Senior United States District Judge Herman J. Weber presided over the case. The investigation was led by agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Cincinnati Police Department, and the Lockland Police Department.