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Portland woman who claimed $1 million in tax refunds pleads guilty

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland woman who claimed more than $1 million in tax refunds pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to file fraudulent tax returns and theft of government funds.

Lori Nicholson, 53, pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

According to a plea agreement, Nicholson admitted that she conspired with other people to prepare and file more than 227 fraudulent tax returns in 2010.

The false information on the tax returns included fake wage and withholding information, as well as fraudulent refundable credits, according to the Department of Justice.

Nicholson also admitted that she assisted her co-defendants, including her daughter, to prepare and file false income tax returns.

Four other co-defendants already pleaded guilty to similar charges.

Nicholson is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2017.

She faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the charges of conspiracy and theft of government funds and five years in prison for the charge of filing a false claim for refund.

Nicholson also agreed to pay $429,269 in restitution to the IRS.  

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