Info from deceased used for tax fraud

A tax preparer and funeral home employee pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding the IRS out of close to $100,000.

Fredric Leon Holland and Valorie Lynn Renfroe admitted to conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent individual income tax returns. If the maximum concurrent sentences are imposed, each would serve eight years in prison.

The tax fraud occurred between February 2003 and February 2004. Holland and Renfroe met each other during that time and made a deal, Flanagan said. Through his job, Holland could get personal information such as Social Security numbers from the deceased. He sold that information to Renfroe, who included it in tax returns for 23 people. Adding that information got her clients a bigger return.

The fraud cost the IRS $89,000, Flanagan said. Both Holland and Renfroe agreed to repay their share of the money.