Springfield, Mo. – (1/23/2018) A Springfield woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a nearly $600,000 tax fraud conspiracy.
Carolyn Alice Cobb, 56, of Springfield, was sentenced to six years and five months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Cobb to pay $215,184 in restitution.
On September 21 of 2017, Cobb pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, two counts of presenting a false claim and one count of theft of government property.
Co-defendants Nancy Lorine Walker, 56, and Clementine Lockett, 43, both of Springfield, have also pleaded to their roles in the conspiracy and await sentencing. In addition to the conspiracy, Walker pleaded guilty to one count of presenting a false claim, one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft. Lockett also pleaded guilty to two counts of presenting a false claim.
Cobb, Walker and Lockett participated in a conspiracy, which operated from January 2010 to April 23, 2013, to submit false federal income tax returns and make false claims for federal income tax refunds for the 2009-2012 tax years.
Conspirators used the means of identification of individuals, including their names and social security numbers, and Turbo Tax to prepare and electronically file federal income tax returns. Those returns were false and fraudulent in that they included fictitious IRS Form W-2 information, listing employers who did not employ the individual listed on the return and reporting wages not earned and employment taxes not withheld from the individual.
The conspiracy resulted in a total of $718,927 in false claims for federal income tax refunds. The court found the total intended loss amount for Cobb’s involvement in the conspiracy was $597,769. Conspirators actually received a total of $317,498 in refunds.