A Charleston County woman was arrested Monday morning on charges that she falsified forms to inflate her federal and state tax refunds by $10,000, state officials said.
Demetria Michelle Brown, 28, faces one count of forgery with a value of less than $5,000 and one count of forgery with a value of less than $10,000. If convicted, she would face up to five years behind bars on each count, according to a S.C. Department of Revenue statement.
The DOR said Brown used TurboTax software and fraudulent W-2 forms, the document containing a worker's wage and tax amounts, to file her state and federal income returns for 2009 and 2011. That meant that Brown's federal and state refunds were "fraudulently overstated" by $10,848 in those years, the DOR said.
Brown, whose last address was not immediately known, remained in the Charleston County jail Monday afternoon.
She was also arrested in 2007 on a charge of forgery with a value of less than $5,000. She later pleaded guilty to that count and was sentenced to serve probation for a period set to end in June.
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