Minneapolis Woman Sentenced for Tax Fraud

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March 19, 2018 03:39 PM

A Minneapolis woman accused of a tax scheme that cost the state $1.4 million in tax revenue will avoid jail time if she meets the terms of her probation.

Annie Mae Hester pleaded guilty to four counts of tax fraud last October. The other 14 charges against her were dismissed.

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She was sentenced Monday to 34 months in prison, but that was stayed pending her completion of five years probation. She will also complete a year in the Hennepin County Workhouse.

Investigators allege Hester, 70, swindled the state of Minnesota out of $1.4 million in revenue while acting as a tax preparer via a scheme tricking the state into sending her clients tax refunds they weren't entitled to, according to the criminal complaint. 

She ran a tax preparation business based out of multiple locations in Brooklyn Center starting in 2010.

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