Filing Fraudulent State Income Returns, ID Theft Lead to Prison
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Sacramento – A Chula Vista woman was sentenced to four years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $70,000 restitution to her victims, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.
Rosemary Annos, aka Rosemarie Annos, 52, was sentenced September 15 after previously pleading guilty to state income tax fraud, ID theft, embezzlement, and network intrusion.
Annos was arrested in March at her residence after Chula Vista Police officers conducted a probation search. During the search, officers found methamphetamines and fifteen credit cards in different names. An investigation by San Diego County District Attorney investigators revealed Annos, who was employed as a bookkeeper at two San Diego businesses, embezzled funds from both of her former employers.
Annos also abused her position of trust to access employment applications and steal applicants’ names, social security numbers, and birth dates. She used this information to create fraudulent email accounts and pre-paid credit cards. Annos then filed fifteen fraudulent state income tax returns with the refunds being directly deposited to the pre-paid credit cards.
The restitution represents payment to her two former employers and payment to FTB of the fraudulent refunds, penalties, and the cost of the investigation.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Theodore M. Weathers handed down the sentence in Department 30 of the San Diego Main Courthouse. San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh of the Catch Team prosecuted the case. This was a joint investigation between the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and FTB.
For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.