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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on April 22, 2009, Susanna R. Terrell of El Mirage, Arizona, and formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced to prison following convictions on three counts of Fraudulent Claims for Tax Credit and two counts of Misappropriation of Personal ID. Each count is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of a fine of $10,000 and 6 years imprisonment.
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Dane County, convicted Terrell for filing fraudulent claims for Wisconsin Homestead tax credits after she moved from Wisconsin to Arizona in 2006. Over the course of three years, Terrell filed as many as 139 fraudulent claims totaling $133,292 using names and social security numbers of Arizona residents, some of whom she had contact with through the course of her employment at a check cashing store. From those fraudulent claims, Terrell successfully cashed $79,896 in checks from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
Today, Terrell was sentenced by Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Markson to serve a total of 2.5 years of initial confinement and 3 years of extended supervision, concurrent on each count. She was also ordered to pay the costs of the action and pay restitution to the state in the amount of $79,896. The state recommended a sentence of 6.5 to 8.5 years of initial confinement, followed by 8 to 10 years of extended supervision.
In 2000, Terrell was convicted in Milwaukee County of two counts of Misappropriation of Personal ID and two counts of Fraudulent Claims for Tax Credit for filing fraudulent Homestead credit claims. In that case, Terrell was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment on two of the counts and 5 years of probation on the other counts. She served approximately 16 months of that incarceration, and her probation was terminated early in September 2005.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas represented the state.