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    Sunday, June 23, 2024

    Florida woman indicted on federal tax fraud charges in Connecticut

    Norwich — A Florida woman who did business in Norwich was arrested Thursday following indictment by a federal grand jury on 22 counts of tax fraud.

    Keyante Paul, 33, appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Orlando and was released on bond. She will be arraigned in the District of Connecticut on June 30.

    A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut said the indictment alleges Paul prepared numerous fraudulent federal tax returns for clients in Connecticut between 2015 and 2018.

    The agency said Paul was operating in the Norwich area.

    The returns prepared for clients by Paul through Keys Tax Services included false income "adjustments" that reduced taxpayers' reported adjusted gross income, false expenses and losses in connection with sole proprietorship businesses that clients did not operate, and, in at least one instance, false charitable contributions, the release said.

    Twenty-two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns carries a maximum prison sentence of three years on each count, according to the agency.

    This investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Jennifer R. Laraia and Lauren C. Clark.

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