Wylie woman pleads guilty to $450,000 tax fraud


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Wylie woman has pleaded guilty to a scheme to receive more than $454,000 in illegal income tax refunds.

Thirty-three-year-old Chiquita Tyler, also known as Chiquita Robinson, pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false claim to a federal agency and identity theft. She lives in Wylie, which occupies portions of Collin, Dallas and Rockwall counties.

Tyler admitted she prepared income tax returns using false or stolen identity information between February 2010 and February 2011 for about 70 people. The refunds were deposited on a prepaid debit card mailed to Tyler at her home and other locations in Kansas City, Mo.

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Tyler faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000 and an order of restitution. Her sentencing has not been scheduled.

Staff writer A. Lee Graham contributed to this report.