More than a dozen people, including an Alton woman, have been charged with federal tax fraud.  The U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois announced the charges yesterday against 33-year-old Aisha Wright of Alton and the others as part of an extensive investigation into tax crimes.

According to a news release, Wright admitted to using her business, A W Mobile Taxes in Alton to secure more than $2,600 in refunds for one undercover agent by filing a false individual tax return form and claiming a false American opportunity education tax credit.  She secured more than $3,700 for another undercover agent by filing a false return and claiming a false dependent.  Wright pleaded guilty on January 16 to two counts of making false claims and will be sentenced on April 17.  Sixteen others from the Metro East and southern Illinois are either facing sentencing or trials in federal court.


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