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North Carolina Woman Sentenced for Fraud

On January 14, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tega Burns, aka Tega Foy, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $201,039 in restitution to IRS, $57,450 in restitution to Bank of America, and $48,483 in restitution to CIT Group Consumer Finance. In July 2012, Burns pleaded guilty to one count of failure to account for and pay over employment tax and one count of making a false statement on a loan application. According to court records, Burns was the owner of Family Homecare Services, a Charlotte-based company that provided in-home care services in the area from 2007 through 2011. Burns failed to pay a large part of the employment taxes her company owed for the relevant tax years. Burns had an outstanding employment tax liability of more than $200,000. To hide funds from the IRS and to evade payment of the outstanding taxes, Burns utilized nominees, including her son and her step-father. In addition, in May 2007, Burns obtained mortgage loans using false information, including fake employment documentation from her company, to purchase two homes in the name of another individual.  Both of these homes were eventually foreclosed on, with losses to the banks. (Source: IRS.gov)

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