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Woman Sentenced for Her Role in IRS Impersonation Scam

A Bristol, Connecticut woman who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge related to her involvement in an IRS impersonation scam that impacted more than 500 people between the U.S. and Canada has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. 

Nancy Frye, 51, of Bristol, entered her guilty plea in a Hartford federal court in June, She was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. 

Court records show Frye was paid about $500 a day as a runner for those in the scam posing as IRS agents. 

The agents would call taxpayers, threatening with lawsuits or fines unless they made payments. Frye and others she recruited would then collect the money that was wired to specific bank accounts. 

Between October 2015 and June 2016, Frye had collected about $588,000 in wired funds from 574 victims. 

Since October 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received reports of more than 2.1 million impersonation related calls with more than 12,400 victims reporting losses of nearly $62 million. 

Frye is due to report to prison on Jan. 8.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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