Emma Mills, 38, of Buffalo was ordered Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve a 30 month federal prison term on her conviction for conspiracy to file false claims with the Internal Revenue Service. The judge also ordered her to pay the IRS $35,519 in restitution and pay the state Department of Taxation and Finance $6,976 in restitution.
Mills conspired with others, including John Tally, 52, of Buffalo to defraud the IRS by creating false and fictitious W-2 forms. The forms were created by obtaining identification information from other persons. The fabricated forms were submitted to the IRS with false tax returns . Tally was sentenced to 30 months in prison March 4 on his fraud and making counterfeit money conviction.
“On this particular day,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., said, “Americans everywhere will file their income taxes. While the vast majority of Americans discharged this obligation honestly, those who would defraud the system should know that our Office will vigorously prosecute any individuals who file false information, in an effort to obtain taxpayer funds to which they are not entitled.”