A Clermont woman who spent $4 million from fraudulent income-tax returns on cosmetic surgeries, luxury cars and an Orlando restaurant was recently sentenced to federal prison.
Orlando-based U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. sentenced Tanya Fox to 20 years behind bars for conspiracy, five counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of theft of government property and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft, authorities announced Wednesday.
Fox, who was found guilty of the charges in July, was immediately taken into custody.
She spent money from fraudulent tax returns to purchase a BMW 7 Series, an Infiniti M35, a Chrysler Crossfire and a Volkswagen Beetle, according to testimony.
The government seized those vehicles.
But another vehicle, a Maserati, was repossessed before it could be seized.
“Fox also used the proceeds from these offenses to have cosmetic surgery on two occasions and open a restaurant in the Orlando area,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Details about those surgeries and the location of that restaurant were not released.
The government alleges that Fox, between January 2010 and June 2013, opened bank accounts in the name of false tax-preparation businesses and used other people to help withdraw fraudulently obtained tax-return money.
Fox used the Social Security numbers, dates of birth and names of patients at the health department to file the returns and obtain nearly $4.1 million.