John Dennis Sedersten, a county jail inmate in Ozark, MO organized and led the conspiracy while in jail.  He provided his co-conspirators, Heather Nicole and Janet Renea Kirby, with specific instructions on how to file false IRS tax returns.  The returns included false W-2 information, listing employers who did not employ the individual listed on the return, reporting wages not earned, employment taxes not withheld, and business expenses not incurred by the individual.  Heather Nicole Neal also filed a tax return under her own name that fraudulently claimed a refund of $9,864.  Neal pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy and for filing false tax returns; she was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison without parole.  Co-defendant Renea Kirby filed a tax return under her own name that fraudulently claimed a refund of $18,427.   Kirby also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.  Sedersten pleaded guilty and admitted that the conspirators filed fraudulent returns claiming $373,372 in refunds.  Sedersten was sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison without parole for his role in the conspiracy.

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