A 44-year-old Omaha woman has been sentenced to six months in federal prison and ordered to pay $280,442 in restitution for tax fraud.
The U.S. Attorney’s office reports Latasha Ellis will also have to serve three years of supervised release after serving her prison sentence.
Federal prosecutors say that between January of 2012 and December of 2014, Ellis and co-defendant Niquisha Taylor filed income tax returns with false Schedules C, Profit or Loss from Business, to inflate earned income to maximize the amount of Earned Income Tax Credit the taxpayer would receive. Prosecutors say the two filed 55 tax returns as part of the scheme.
Taylor pleaded guilty earlier. She was sentenced to three years of supervised release, 120 hours of community service and ordered to make restitution jointly with Ellis.