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Dutchess County woman charged with bank fraud and stealing nearly $500,000 from IRS

WHITE PLAINS – A Lagrangeville woman has been arrested Tuesday by federal authorities for allegedly being involved in a series of frauds including cheating the IRS out of nearly a half a million dollars, and perpetrating a bank fraud scheme.

It is alleged that Melanie Ferreira falsely reported her income of $661,600 from three different banks and then falsely claimed that she had paid taxes of $661,536 to the IRS for tax year 2008. On that basis, she claimed a refund of $440,924.

Authorities, though, said she actually early only $17 in interest income from those banks and contrary to her claim that she had already paid over $661,000 in federal taxes, she had only paid $236.

“As alleged, Melanie Ferreira thumbed her nose at the IRS, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds to which she was not entitled, and forged a check to satisfy a debt,” said Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara. “We enjoy many rights and privileges in this country but not among them is the right to enjoy the fruits of law-abiding taxpayers’ money while evading the tax laws and defrauding the government and thereby your fellow citizens.”