Simpsonville woman admits to trying to scam IRS out of $11M - FOX Carolina 21

Simpsonville woman admits to trying to scam IRS out of $11M

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate woman was sentenced to time in federal prison on Tuesday after an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the internal revenue service.

Stephanie Lake Meyer, 46 years old from Simpsonville, was accusing of committing a "phantom account balance scheme." Meyer sent a total of 45 checks to the IRS, noting them as payment for income taxes.

Since Meyer didn't owe any tax liability, the IRS began crediting the checks to her account. In all, the checks were valued at $11 million.

After Meyer received approximately $256,938 in money from the IRS, authorities discovered the checks were bogus.

Meyer pleaded guilty in November 2016 for interference with the administration of the Internal Revenue Service. On Tuesday she was ordered to serve 36 months in prison, pay $256,938 in restitution and be placed on supervised release for one year after she is released.

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