Worcester woman sentenced in tax fraud scheme

Pazi's lawyer said in court records she was motivated by a desire to provide a better home

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Citizens Bank supervisor has been sentenced to nearly a year in federal prison for her role in what authorities called a $1 million tax return scam.

Prosecutors say Danielle Pazi of Worcester helped two city residents use Social Security numbers of Puerto Rican citizens to profit from phony income tax return claims.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Pazi, charged with aiding and abetting, was also sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.

Authorities say Pazi helped a man named Oscar Demota cash U.S. Treasury checks from September 2011 through November 2012.

Demota has pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of public money.

Pazi’s lawyer said in court records she was motivated by a desire to provide a better home for her children.

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