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Woman accused of getting $1M through tax scheme

EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southwestern Illinois woman living in public housing and on government aid has pleaded not guilty to charges she bilked the U.S. government of more than $1 million from hundreds of bogus tax returns.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1iUQnfR ) reports 45-year-old Dorresa Braggs of Belleville entered the not-guilty plea Friday to a 12-count indictment in East St. Louis.

The charges against the mother of three children range from making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service's investigations arm to aggravated identity theft.

Authorities allege she used her computer as a tax preparer to electronically file false tax returns from at least 2010 through the summer of 2012. The indictment alleges she claimed false business expenses for clients and at times falsified W-2 forms to overstate wages and federal income tax withholdings.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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