Alton woman sentenced for false tax returns

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EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 33-year-old Alton woman will spend nearly the next four years in federal prison for false tax returns, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said Friday.

According to court documents, federal investigators suspected possible tax fraud at an Alton business operated by Aisha Wright.

Two undercover federal agents went to Wright to have their tax returns prepared. She falsified certain parts of their returns and turned them in. Wright was arrested a short time later.

Over a three-year period, it was determined Wright filed 492 federal income tax returns with falsified information, depriving the U.S. Treasury of approximately $1 million.

Wright was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, ordered to serve 450 hours of community service, and must pay restitution of exactly $1,052,302.86.