Candy Miller, 40, of Wilmington, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark to one year and one day in prison.
According to Miller, who operated a Psychic Readings business in Wilmington, filed false tax returns for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012, underreporting her total income by $1,074,000.
This unreported income was taken from clients of Miller’s business who were told by Miller that she was removing the negativity from their lives by anonymously donating their money to charities, selected by Miller. Miller made no donations and spent all the money on personal expenses. The offense resulted in a total tax loss of $337,430.
Following the sentencing, Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss stated, “Criminal tax laws are designed to protect the public interest in preserving the integrity of the nation’s tax system. Here, the source of the unreported income came from unwitting customers whom Miller duped. My office will continue to fight against abuse of our tax system and to seek sentences that serve to act as deterrents to would-be tax cheats and those who defraud the public.”
“We should not forget that the ultimate victims in tax fraud cases are the people of the United States; those honest taxpayers who diligently file and pay their taxes each year,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent-in-Charge Guy Ficco. Miller’s sentence is a reminder that IRS-CI is working to make sure that all taxpayers file and pay their fair share of taxes.”