Shiloh woman admits guilt in tax refund scheme

A 35-year-old Shiloh woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that she filed several false income tax returns and then concealed her identity as a tax preparer, an announcement from Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office stated.

Shanta C. Doss admitted she made 15 false claims against the government between 2011 and 2013. According to the statement, Doss’ scheme involved preparing tax returns for friends and other referrals that either inflated or completely fabricated business incomes. She further did not disclose to the IRS that she was a paid tax preparer even though tax law requires paid preparers identify themselves on tax returns.

The statement did not disclose how much money Doss wrongfully obtained.

Doss faces up to 75 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine and mandatory restitution. Her sentencing is set for Sept. 29.