Date: June 17, 2021 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ST. LOUIS — United States District Judge John A. Ross sentenced Lakisha Smith to 32 months in prison and ordered her to pay $10, 416 in restitution to the to the Internal Revenue Service today. The St. Louis, Missouri resident pleaded guilty in March to two counts of tax fraud. Smith, from 2013 to 2016, prepared approximately 28 fraudulent tax returns for her clients using the TaxAct commercial website. She prepared client returns reporting false income and withholdings in order to generate larger tax refunds. Smith typically received cash payments of up to $2,500 from the false refunds paid to her customers. Smith was not registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a return preparer. The Internal Revenue Service investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Roy is handling the case.