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Feds charge woman over $2M in false tax refunds

March 17, 2015
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A woman who promoted herself as the "No. 1 Tax Lady" is in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service.

Fontrise Charles of Kalamazoo is charged with filing false returns for others to ensure big refunds over a three-year period.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Charles prepared 480 tax returns, resulting in improper refunds of roughly $2 million.

The indictment also accuses her of filing her own false returns.

The 39-year-old Charles appeared Monday in Grand Rapids federal court and was released on bond.

Defense attorney Leslie Posner said she's looking at evidence shared by the government, and she's trying to learn more.

She said Charles now works as a nail technician in Muskegon.

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