A former Los Angeles County employee was sentenced Wednesday to six months behind bars for scheming to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by submitting bogus tax returns.

Roberta Josephine “Beltran” Yashu was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee to serve three years of supervised release — the first year in home detention — following prison. The ex-Department of Public Social Services employee was also ordered to pay restitution of $175,305 and perform 20 hours per week of community service, unless she has a full-time job, during the term of supervised release.

Yashu pleaded guilty in April in downtown Los Angeles to one federal count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud through the preparation and filing of false income tax returns.

Yashu, 36, filed income tax returns on behalf of family members and friends that contained false information on dependent children, as well as altered or fictitious earned income. The phony tax returns, filed for a number of years through the beginning of 2016, sought inflated tax refunds.

Yashu obtained the names and Social Security numbers of the children she falsely listed as dependents on the tax returns she prepared through a database to which she had access during her employment at DPSS, prosecutors said.

Usually keeping the fraudulent refunds for herself, Yashu defrauded the IRS out of about $175,305, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The judge ordered Yashu to self-surrender on Nov. 30 to begin serving her sentence.

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