NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


November 7, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FILER OF FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX RETURN SCHEME PLEADS GUILTY

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of Veronica Dunbar, 40, of the 2300 block of Wheatley Drive, Baltimore, in connection with the filing of multiple false and fictitious state income tax returns over a three-year period in which she received approximately $26,000 from the state Comptrollerís Office in refunds.

Dunbar entered a guilty plea to felony theft before the Honorable Thomas R. Noel of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Dunbar acknowledged that she filed 31 fraudulent state income tax returns, covering tax years 1992-94, resulting in the issuance of refunds, to which she was not entitled. In most instances, she used aliases, various addresses and social security numbers to avoid identification. The Comptrollerís Office intercepted other refunds when they became suspicious. Dunbar was sentenced to a suspended five-year sentence, placed on five years of supervised probation, and ordered to pay restitution of $23,010.23.

The case was investigated by the Comptrollerís Office, Compliance Division, the Maryland State Police and the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division.

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