A woman from Ballwin, Missouri, recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion for stealing money from her work and failing to report it on her tax return.
Sherri Berry, 50, used more than 140 checks from her employer to put money in her own personal account, according to the news source. The fraudulent activity occurred from 2004 to 2007.
She pleaded guilty to bank fraud, in addition to her tax charge, according to KSDK. The money was used primarily for personal expenses, such as car payments, vacations, tuition to allow her children to attend private schools and paying down credit card interest.
Berry will be sentenced in August in U.S. district court, and could serve a maximum of 35 years in jail and more than $1 million in fines.
Tax evasion can net a person a sentence of five years in prison and fines of $250,000, but when coupled with other charges, prison terms can be significantly higher. Restitution is also commonly attached to such crimes. The Internal Revenue Service has ramped up efforts to fight tax evasion, as it costs the government billions of dollars every year.
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