Metro East woman behind huge tax fraud scheme pleads guilty - KMOV.com

Metro East woman behind huge tax fraud scheme pleads guilty

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By: News 4 Investigates

(KMOV.com) - Doressa Braggs entire existence is a taxpayer funded boondoggle.

"Ms. Braggs was the poster child of what's wrong with many of our government programs," said the U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois, Steven Wigginton.

Wigginton made those comments in January when he announced a huge crackdown on people charged with tax fraud.

Her indictment showed she was receiving food stamp assistance, government paid for housing and disability payments. She was collecting all kinds of entitlement benefits while raking in boatloads of cash courtesy of an IRS fake refund scam.

Braggs was busted for filing several hundred bogus tax returns and obtaining more than $1 million worth of fake refunds. The refunds were deposited on debit cards controlled by Braggs.

Those debit cards are popular choice of currency for scammers, and the IRS knows it.

Ultimately the IRS got suspicious, with multiple bogus refunds filed from the same IP address tied to Braggs.

"I don't do taxes on no computer...I had a computer, but I didn't do no taxes on it," Braggs said when questioned by investigators about the allegations.

When News 4's Chris Nagus went to talk to her about the situation, she sprinted away and hid in her Metro East home.

Eventually, she came to the door.

"I don't have nothing to say to you about it, nothing at all. I don't have nothing to say, I'll let the courts decide."

Braggs pleaded guilty and is set to be sentenced on May 8.

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