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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on February 20, 2009, Susanna R. Terrell of El Mirage, Arizona, and formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was convicted of 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, accused Terrell of 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 entered no contest pleas to all charges. The case is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on April 22, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. before Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Markson. The State will be recommending a total sentence of 6.5 to 8.5 years of initial confinement, and 8 to 10 years of extended supervision, as well as $79,896 in restitution.
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. Her probation was terminated in September 2005.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the state.