California Woman Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

Monday, December 5, 2011
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A former Los Angeles resident was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for filing fraudulent federal income tax returns that claimed deductions for 20 non-existent children who were supposedly all born on the same day. Norma Coronel, 40, of Livermore, California, who is an illegal alien from Mexico, was sentenced today by United Stated District Judge Manuel Real. In addition to the prison term, Judge Real ordered Coronel to pay $302,186 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Coronel pleaded guilty in September to three felony counts – aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent federal income tax returns, fraudulently using Social Security numbers obtained with false information, and theft of government property