EAST ST. LOUIS — An Alton woman was sentenced to about four years in federal prison for income tax fraud.
The sentence for Aisha Wright, 33, includes three years of supervised release. She was convicted of two counts of making false claims against the United States, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release Friday.
Wright operated A W Mobile Taxes in Alton. Potential fraud was detected by the Scheme Development Center of the Internal Revenue Service. Two undercover agents went to Wright to have their tax returns prepared and Aisha Wright prepared fraudulent returns for both of the undercover agents. Further investigation revealed Wright was systematically preparing false returns for taxpayers who falsified Schedule A deductions, Schedule C self-employment income, and falsified education expenses for receipt of the education tax credit. The court determined that over a three-year period Wright filed 492 federal income tax returns that caused a total actual loss to the United States in excess of $1 million. Wright was ordered, as part of her sentence, to pay restitution in the amount of $1,052,302. She was also ordered to serve 450 hours of community service as a condition of supervised release, following her release from prison.
The successful prosecution is the result of an investigation conducted by the IRS, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.