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Hamburg woman pleads guilty to defrauding government

A Hamburg woman confessed her involvement in a tax scheme that earned her and a co-conspirator $60,961 in fraudulent tax returns.

Sheri L. Becirovic, 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced.

She faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Becirovic provided the Social Security numbers of seven family members and friends, as well as her own, to co-conspirator Clifton Jackson, who then used them to file fraudulent tax returns for the tax year 2011.

The case was jointly investigated by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.