A federal grand jury has indicted Peaches Mercer Turner and Alejandro Berdin for submitting false claims for refunds with the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice recently announced.Turner and Berdin, both of Riverside, Calif., are also charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Additionally, Turner was charged with aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and obstructing an IRS investigation by telling others to lie to federal investigators.
According to court documents, Turner and Berdin prepared and filed income tax returns for 2005 and 2006 that claimed false credits based on the phone excise tax refund and the earned income tax credit. The indictment alleges that the total amount of false claims filed by the duo exceeded $600,000 -- with one return alone claiming a $140,604 refund based upon a $137,228 telephone tax credit.
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