OAKLAND -- A Hayward woman pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax fraud Tuesday after filing claims for refunds in other people's names and offering one person a television to lie to agents for her, the United States attorney said Wednesday.
Claudia Robinson, 39, pleaded guilty charges that between January 26, 2008, and February 12, 2008, she filed multiple claims for tax refunds that were almost entirely false with the exception of the individuals' names, United States Attorney Melinda Haag said.
Robinson admitted in her plea that the taxpayers she filed claims for did not earn the income she reported, did not have dependents she listed and did not live at her house, her father's house or her sister's house as she claimed in the filings, Haag said.
According to Haag, the taxpayer on each return did not view and sign the return themselves, and in one case, Robinson offered to pay one of the taxpayers to tell IRS agents that they had asked her to prepare the claim. The indictment charges Robinson with obstructing the IRS investigation by offering to give that person a television if she would lie to agents.
Robinson was charged Sept. 15, 2011, with a 25-count indictment of wire fraud, false claims, identity theft and obstructing the IRS, Haag said. She pleaded guilty in an Oakland courtroom Tuesday to eight counts of filing false claims.
The maximum statutory penalty for each count of filing false claims is five years in prison