Cherryfield woman sentenced in tax rebate fraud scheme

MACHIAS — Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced Monday that Amy Metcalf-Perry, 41, of Cherryfield has been sentenced to four years in prison, with all but nine months and a day suspended, and three years of probation after pleading guilty to an eight-count indictment that arose from a scheme to steal Maine and federal tax refunds.

Metcalf-Perry also was ordered to repay $28,318 in restitution.

Superior Court Justice Robert Murray convicted Metcalf-Perry on May 8.

She was charged with theft by deception, attempted theft by deception and forgery.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Metcalf-Perry prepared and filed nearly 100 fraudulent federal and Maine income tax returns, along with Maine property tax and rent refund applications. She falsified income, withholding, contact and identity information.

The attorney general said Metcalf-Perry generally prepared and filed the fraudulent returns electronically and then had the refunds direct deposited to a bank account.

Despite the volume of electronic and written returns filed by taxpayers each year, Maine Revenue Services was able to discover and halt Metcalf-Perry’s tax filing scheme and prevent most of the attempted thefts.

During its investigation, Maine Revenue Services also discovered Metcalf-Perry filed fraudulent federal income tax returns. This prosecution included the theft of the federal funds.

“Our government relies upon citizens to file honest income tax returns,” Mills said. “Efforts to make income tax return filing easier and less time-consuming for citizens, through electronic filing and direct deposit, must not be abused by individuals determined to steal from state and federal treasuries.”

Mills added that her office “will continue to work with Maine Revenue Services and federal authorities to pursue and prosecute those who attempt to steal tax money or defraud the state.”

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