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Town of Benton Resident Kathy Richard Appeared in Court on Charges of Five Counts of Fraudulent Claim for Tax Credit


DARLINGTON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on March 21, 2011, Town of Benton resident Kathy Richard made an initial appearance and had a bail hearing on allegations of fraudulent claim for tax credit. The allegations are felony charges.


Kathy Richard was advised of the charges and maximum penalties against her. As to bail, the court ordered a $5,000 signature bond with the condition that the defendant get booked & fingerprinted immediately. The court found that probable cause was stated in the criminal complaint. A preliminary hearing has been set for April 6, 2011.


According to the criminal complaint, Ms. Richard submitted fraudulent Earned Income Tax Credit Claims to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In each of the claims, Ms. Richard claimed to own and operate a fictitious daycare business. She obtained $7,979.00 by defrauding the State Department of Revenue. She also obtained $12,165.00 by filing similar claims with the federal government.


A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and the United States Office of the Inspector General. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represents the State of Wisconsin as the special prosecutor.


A copy of the criminal complaint is available at:


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