- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 51-year-old Portland woman filed hundreds of fictional federal tax returns in the names of others, seeking refunds of $1.1 million and collecting nearly $960,000 from the U.S. Treasury in unwarranted refunds.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/03FnLv ) that came to an end Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Anna Brown sentenced Teresa Saunders to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft and ordered her to repay the money.

In January 2014, Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation agents identified a potential tax fraud scheme in which someone filed two-dozen Form 1040 tax returns from a single IP address.

Government lawyers say IRS investigators eventually put Saunders under surveillance and linked her to about 250 fraudulently prepared tax returns.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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