Clinton woman sentenced in federal tax fraud case

A Clinton woman was sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay about $287,000 in restitution for filing fraudulent tax returns and identity theft, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday.

Senior U.S. District Judge James Brady also required Shywanda Underwood, 39, to forfeit more than $14,000 in illegal proceeds, Green said.

Underwood was convicted of scheming to defraud the Internal Revenue Service in 2011 by submitting 76 false tax returns that sought refunds totaling about $375,000.

In some of the returns, Underwood misrepresented the taxpayers’ income and fraudulently claimed various credits. In other false returns, she used the identification of individuals who had not authorized her to use their identities, Green said.