Huntsville woman pleads guilty to stealing $107K from US government

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A Huntsville woman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing more than $100,000.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 6:06 PM

A Huntsville woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from the federal government by filing fraudulent tax returns.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama says Joan Marie Chandler, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds.

Chandler's received $107,707 from a total of 10 refund transfers from February 2015 to April 2015. Investigators say the transfers went to Branch Banking and Trust, Wells Fargo and PNC. PNC seized more than $38,000 from Chandler's account, and the money was returned to the U.S. Treasury.

Chandler is awaiting sentencing in April, and she could face a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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