On May 31, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nasheba Necia Hunte, of Villa Rica, Georgia and formerly from the U.S. Virgin Islands, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for her role in a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and for filing false tax returns. Hunte was also ordered to pay $229,305 in restitution to the IRS. According to the indictment, Hunte and her co-conspirator, Elmo Antonio George, were the only officers of a shell company, Winco Holdings Inc. Although the company had no employees and paid no wages, employment tax returns for Winco for quarters in 2005, 2006 and 2007, falsely claimed substantial quarterly employment tax withholdings for Winco employees. None of the withholding amounts were paid over to the IRS. Hunte and George also filed corporate tax returns for Winco for tax years 2005 and 2006 that reported fictitious partnership losses. These fictitious losses then “passed through” to Hunte’s individual income tax returns along with the false Winco wage and withholding amounts. These withholding amounts generated false refunds for tax years 2005 and 2006.
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