Indictment alleges Melissa C. Diana, of Dallas Township, filed false claims for refunds

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SCRANTON — A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against a Dallas Township woman accusing her with cheating the Internal Revenue Service of $2.6 million in fraudulent tax returns.

Melissa C. Diana, 41, of Lake Louise Road, is facing seven counts of conspiring to defraud the United States, filing false claims for refund and filing false income tax returns from 2006 to April 2009.

Diana is listed on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a registered investment advisor based in Forty Fort. She could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

The indictment was issued on Tuesday.

According to the indictment:

Diana and others known to the grand jury attended “seminars and workshops to learn how to prepare fraudulent” income tax returns that were submitted to the IRS. The conspiracy involved preparing fraudulent 1040 individual income tax returns using fraudulently prepared 1099-OID forms, the indictment states.

Diana and others “recruited customers into the fraudulent 1099-OID scheme through one-on-one consultations,” and sent figures to an unnamed co-conspirator in California who prepared the false tax returns, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges Diana filed a claim for payment of refund in taxes in the amount of $320,803 for the 2007 tax year, $1,644,154 for the 2008 tax year and a second tax refund claim in 2008 for $568,250.

The indictment did not offer details on how the fraud was allegedly carried out. Diana will be arraigned at the federal court in Scranton at a date yet to be set.

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