- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman who conspired to obtain more than $1 million through fraudulent tax refund checks has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Marie Poitevien received a 21-month sentence Wednesday. She also must serve two years of supervised release once she’s freed.

The 54-year-old Orange woman had pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to steal government funds.

Prosecutors say Poitevien participated in the scheme from October 2009 to June 2013.

They say the conspirators made fraudulent tax refund applications and had the refund checks sent to Poitevien’s home. She deposited the checks into her personal bank account and withdrew the funds.

Poitevien admitted cashing 298 tax refund checks that totaled slightly more than $1.1 million. They were made payable to 139 different victims.

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