A 25-year-old taxpayer who tricked the state of Oregon into giving her a $2.1 million tax refund has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison.
The taxpayer, who faced “overwhelming evidence,” pleaded guilty. She received the refund on a debit card and spent about $150,000 before twice reporting the card was lost or stolen. This led to the discovery of the ruse. Oregon has currently recovered about $1.9 million of the erroneous refund.