SAN FRANCISCO -- An Antioch woman will spend 41 months in prison and pay $318,000 in restitution for filing false tax returns, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Charleszetta Brown was sentenced Wednesday after she pleaded guilty in December for conspiring to file false claims, according to a news release from Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.

Brown admitted that beginning in June 2008, she became part of a scheme to get fraudulent tax refunds from the IRS by filing false tax returns, Haag said. She knew the returns were wrong when she filed them because the names of the people who appear on the tax returns did not give her the information -- and in many cases, had not given her permission to file tax forms on their behalf.

In order for their plan to work, Brown told attorneys she used her own bank account as well as bank accounts of others in on the scheme with her to receive refunds.

When the tax refund was issued, the account holder would withdraw money and split it with Brown, Haag said.

Three other people have already been convicted of supplying Brown with names and bank accounts to use in the scheme.

Pittsburg residents Khendria Williams, 36, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Sparkle Jernigan, 33, also of Pittsburg, was sentenced to four months in prison and four months of home confinement. also. Clexton Ward, whose age and hometown were not released, was also sentenced to 21 months in prison.


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All three accomplices were also ordered to pay restitution of amounts between $17,600 and $318,000.

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