Liverpool woman sentenced for using fake identities in tax fraud scam

The Liverpool woman who admitting to using fake identities to get thousands of dollars in tax refunds will spend the next two years in prison.

50-year-old Patricia Harrington was sentenced in federal court Friday on charges of wire fraud, tax fraud and aggravated identity theft.

She pleaded guilty in September to submitting six false federal tax refund claims in the name of family members without their knowledge. It happened in 2011 and 2012. She also admitted to filing false claims for unemployment benefits in the name of unsuspecting family members.

As part of her sentence, Harrington will also have to pay $19,424 in restitution to the New York State Labor Department and $28,031 to the IRS along with interest and penalties.

She was previously convicted of a similar fraud scheme in Pennsylvania in 2009. In that case, she submitted a series of fraudulent student loan applications in the names of relatives without their knowledge. She admitted to applying for approximately 13 fraudulent federal student loans totaling some $139,000.