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United States Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Michigan


Barbara L. McQuade
United States Attorney

March 28, 2016

Contact: Gina Balaya - (313) 226-9758
Jeffrey Himburg - IRS (313)234-2448

Pontiac Woman Sentenced For Filing False Claims And Identity Theft
A resident of Pontiac was sentenced to 33 months in prison in connection with a
scheme to file fraudulent tax returns and identity fraud, announced U.S. Attorney
Barbara L. McQuade.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Jarod J. Koopman, Special Agent
in Charge, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.
Amey Renee Tipton was sentenced by United States District Judge Gerald E.
Rosen in Detroit.
According to court records, between 2009 and 2011, Tipton prepared tax returns
that she knew contained false information such as earned income/wages, student loan
interest deductions, education credits and dependent/child care credits that resulted in
loss to the government of $180,977. In addition, Tipton used the identifying information
of others to add fraudulent dependents to tax returns.
“Identity theft remains a priority for IRS-Criminal Investigation,” said Jarod J.
Koopman, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation. “Taxpayers should
review their tax return for accuracy and ask questions of their paid preparer until they
understand what is being reported to the IRS. Taxpayers should avoid preparers whose
fees are based as a percentage of your refund or those that claim to be able to obtain
larger refunds than their competitors.”

This case was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service –
Criminal Investigation and prosecuted Assistant United States Attorney John O’Brien of
the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.