KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former western Missouri woman has admitted filing 36 false claims for nearly $158,000 worth of federal income tax refunds for herself and others.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 34-year-old Kelsey R. Jones pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to filing a false claim.
Jones formerly lived in the Kansas City suburb of Grandview. She now lives in Houston, Texas.
In her plea, Jones admitted recruiting people to file federal income tax returns under their own names. Jones entered inflated income and revenue figures on the returns before filing them, resulting in larger refunds than her customers deserved.
Prosecutors said she sometimes had part of the undeserved refunds directly deposited into her own bank accounts without her customers' knowledge. Those diversions totaled about $17,000.