Ex-Upstate judge gets jail time in tax fraud case - FOX Carolina 21

Ex-Upstate judge gets jail time in tax fraud case

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Central woman and former municipal judge was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay back more than $470,000 in restitution in a tax fraud case.

Janet Reese, 48, pleaded guilty in September to filing false tax claims. During her plea hearing, prosecutors said Reese prepared and filed several returns for people under the First Time Homebuyer Credit, though the taxpayers never claimed they had bought a home.

Reese then collected the refunds into a bank account she controlled, so taxpayers did not know she had included false information on their returns.

She was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $472,000 in restitution. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney Bill Nettles' office. 

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