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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Lexington woman is going to prison after she pleaded guilty to federal charges.

U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand said 40-year-old Veronica Levoone Jones will serve 39 months in a federal prison for aggravated identity theft and filing a false tax return.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Jones operated Tax Refund Solutions (TRS) in Lexington where she knowingly falsified her income and used another person's name and social security number on her tax return.

Jones pleaded guilty on December 2, 2013. Judge William L. Osteen Jr. sentenced her Tuesday, May 13.

Osteen also ordered her to pay $199,000 in restitution and imposed one year of supervision after she leaves prison.

"During tax filing season, return preparers and taxpayers should be aware of the serious consequences facing those who aid or assist in the filing of fraudulent tax returns," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Daniel D. Burget, IRS-Criminal Investigation. "Those who fly in the face of the tax laws face investigation, prosecution, and if convicted, significant prison sentences and substantial fines."

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