ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A Roanoke woman was sentenced to two years in federal prison for an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam.
According to court documents, 60-year-old Lisa Tucker Dillard scammed at least eight small businesses claiming they owed a tax liability to the IRS. She then told each owner that they could make an installment plan through her company to help pay off the IRS.
The investigation showed that Dillard started the scheme in 2017 and targeted business owners who spoke limited English. Her business — which operated out of Franklin County — claimed to provide accounting services to small businesses such as preparation of federal taxes.
Court documents revealed Dillard used fake IRS logos and receipts as a way to lure her victims into paying these alleged tax liabilities. However, Dillard never filed or paid money to the IRS. Documents also showed that Dillard wasn’t approved by the IRS as an authorized tax return filer nor did she have proper documentation — a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) or an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN).
Besides serving her sentence in federal prison, Dillard was also ordered to pay $190,294 in restitution.