A former employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.

According to court records, Shanta Johnson, 44, of Germantown, Maryland, while employed at FEMA, prepared and filed false tax returns with the IRS on behalf of her taxpayer clients. She prepared at least some of these returns while at work at FEMA.

The false items on the tax returns included false deductions, fictional businesses and business expenses, and fake education expenses — all designed to increase her clients’ tax refunds.

She caused a tax loss to the IRS of $217,424.

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