FAYETTEVILLE -- A Bella Vista woman was sentenced Wednesday to almost five and a half years in federal prison for tax fraud and identity theft.
Angel Denette Cameron, 38, was sentenced to 66 months without the possibility of parole, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of false claims against the United States, one count of false declaration under perjury and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Detectives with the Bella Vista Police Department searched Cameron's home on March 10, 2020, after she lied to law enforcement about her identity and offered them false identification documents, according to court records. Officers found the tax information of various third parties during the search.
Local law enforcement contacted the Internal Revenue Service.
Federal investigators determined Cameron filed and prepared at least 21 false tax returns for individuals from 2016 through 2019 in Arkansas and Louisiana resulting in an $86,381 tax loss to the government. Cameron was including fraudulent deductions, tax credits and income information on returns, according to investigators.
Investigators determined Cameron had been filing false returns on her own behalf from 2015 through 2020, in Arkansas and Louisiana, which resulted in a $12,653 actual loss to the government. Cameron used a false identity to open a bank account and buy a vehicle.
Cameron pleaded guilty on Dec. 29.
As part of her sentence, Cameron was ordered to pay $109,626 in restitution and a $300 special assessment following her release from prison.