Two Alton women are heading to federal prison for the next two years after their guilty plea in a fraudulent tax scheme. 39 year old Angenita M. Smith and 37 year old Tammy M. Smith each entered guilty pleas in October to their roles in a tax scheme that involved a half dozen other people. Angenita Smith was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release. Tammy Smith got 26 months in prison three years supervised release. She was taken into custody immediately.
Both will also have to pay restitution topping $54,000. They pleaded guilty to filing a false federal income tax return, making false statements to an IRS agent, and a conspiracy charge against the IRS. When questioned, they both lied to federal investigators, which led to an increase in their sentences. Federal prosecutors say those charged were employed by Masters Touch Cleaning Service based in Missouri, and that the Smith's provided friends and relatives with false federal tax returns in order to receive false federal tax refunds. Six other individuals have also been charged in connection with the case.