IRS: Livermore Woman Says She Had 19 Kids on Fake Tax Returns

Defendant claimed 19 dependents had been born to her, all on the same day.

A Livermore woman claimed she had 19 children — all born on the same day — in a tax fraud case, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Norma Coronel, 40, a former Los Angeles resident, was arraigned Monday in a U.S District Court on a 35-count indictment filed by prosecutors earlier this year.

She's accused of filing tax returns in the names of third parties including false dependents. The counts against her include the preparation of false tax returns, fraudulently using Social Security numbers obtained on the basis of false information and theft of government property.

According to documents filed with the court, the government determined from Social Security Administration records that Coronel had obtained fraudulent Social Security numbers for at least 19 children.

Coronel claimed, on separate applications, that the children had been born to her at Good Samaritan Hospital on Dec. 11, 2002.

According to the hospital's records, Coronel gave birth to a single child, a son, on that day.

Coronel, who had been living in Los Angeles at the time the fraudulent returns were filed, was arrested in Livermore on July 12 and as of Monday remained in custody.

If convicted of all of the charges against her, Coronel faces a statutory maximum 143 years in federal prison and fines totaling $5.6 million.

The investigation and prosecution of Coronel was conducted by IRS - Criminal Investigation, the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration, and the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General, in conjunction with the Tax Division of the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

Ramesh Zamindar August 18, 2011 at 04:26 AM
That's it mike, give her the death penalty (hang her!!) and IRS will save legal fees, prison costs for many years (upto 143??), welfare payments etc etc.....
Michele Murphy August 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Now she's going to jail for 140+ years, who's going to take care of her when she gets out, she'll be 200 years old. Then the state will have to pay for her to go into elder care. Don't even get me started about the burden of welfare costs for the 19 children that she will leave motherless. It's a sad state of affairs.
mike August 18, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Don't despair too much michelle! most but not all 200 year released felons rarely ever re-offend. Anecdotal evidence is sketchy but I'm fairly sure we won't have to worry about her anymore. But for her kids well that will remain to be seen.
Rich Buckley August 21, 2011 at 01:05 PM
We sent our tax attorney this article for his educated input and after reading the blog headline: "Livermore Woman Says She Had 19 Kids On Fake Tax Returns" he said there's a good case here to sue IRS for failure to clearly post warnings that faking it on tax returns can lead to unwanted pregnancies. ........ bada boom.
Speedie B August 23, 2011 at 06:24 PM
You are so funny! There will be no burden of welfare costs for 19 kids left motherless because they are fake kids!! And I like the elderly care at age 200, when she gets out -- that's priceless.Thanks for the laugh!


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