A 52-year-old Middletown woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that she used stolen identities in a scheme intended to defraud the Internal Revenue Service of more than $1.8 million.
Beverly Newton is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised probation, according to U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III’s office.
Her sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14.
Newton was charged with mail fraud, aiding and abetting social security fraud and conspiring to file false claims following an investigation conducted by the IRS, the U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General.
Newton provided names and social security number to a co-conspirator, who used the information to file more than 180 false individual federal income tax returns totaling $1.8 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The conspiracy ring reportedly received more than $800,000 in refunds based on the false claims, of which Newton was paid more than $300,000.
Calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office were not returned Thursday and it was not immediately known when Newton was charged, how many co-conspirators were involved or how Newton was able to obtain the stolen information.
“This case should send a clear signal that individuals who conspire with others to file false claims against the United State Treasury will face significant penalties,” Oberly said in a statement released by his office Thursday. “My office is committed to working with the Internal Revenue Service to prosecute these cases, and I will seek incarceration whenever possible and appropriate.”