Crime & Courts

Wichita woman prepared false tax returns that claimed ineligible credits, feds say

Federal prosecutors alleged that a Wichita woman prepared false tax returns that claimed ineligible credits.

Sonia Hernandez-Smith, 41, is charged with 20 counts of making false statements in federal tax returns, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Wednesday in a news release. She is accused of preparing forms 1040 and 1040A for taxpayers in tax years 2013, 2014 and 2015 that falsely claimed the child tax credit, additional child tax credit and earned income credit.

Prosecutors allege in court documents that Hernandez-Smith helped eight taxpayers prepare their returns, resulting in a tax loss of just over $100,000.

Henrandez-Smith could face up to three years in federal prison and a fine of up to $100,000 on each count if she is convicted.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.

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