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  • Tax returns land $30,000 refund, felony charges for Gloversville woman

  • A Gloversville woman accused of filing fraudulent income tax returns now faces 20 separate felony charges as a result, state officials said.



    Crystal Sweet, 38, allegedly filed numerous false returns, using the names and Social Security numbers of other Gloversville residents without their knowledge, according to state Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas Mattox.

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  • A Gloversville woman accused of filing fraudulent income tax returns now faces 20 separate felony charges as a result, state officials said.
    Crystal Sweet, 38, allegedly filed numerous false returns, using the names and Social Security numbers of other Gloversville residents without their knowledge, according to state Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas Mattox.
    Sweet also is accused of reporting false income on the returns and then using various tax credits to claim about $30,000 in refunds, a news release stated.
    Sweet is charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny, three counts of first-degree identity theft, one count of third-degree attempted grand larceny, 11 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and four counts of second-degree identity theft, the release stated.
    The arrest followed an investigation by the state Tax Department that was later referred to the Fulton County District Attorney for prosecution. Sweet was arraigned and sent to Fulton County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, the release stated.
    She will return to court July 23.
    Anyone who suspects another person of engaging in unethical or illegal practices when filing taxes may report their concerns to the state Tax Department by calling (518) 457-0578.
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