Tax Day Brings Indictments In Phony Tax Scheme Case

(Cleveland) - Four people have been indicted on charges they operated a tax scheme that resulted in millions of dollars in refunds being issued. 

Forty-four year old Keith Jeffries, Of Maple Heights, thirty-three year old Brian Peacock, of Sandusky, and forty-four year old Linnette Coleman and thirty-three year old Nicole Pugh, both of Cleveland, are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.  

The four also face additional counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns.  

The suspects are accused of preparing more than 800 tax returns annually between 2012 and 2015 at locations in Cleveland and Maple Heights.  

Those indicted are believed to have filed false itemized deductions, business income expenses, medical expenses, and other information to obtain refunds the tax payers were not entitled to.  The defendants received a portion of the refunds as their tax preparation fees.

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