Illegal Immigrant gets 18 months for claiming 20 nonexistent children to IRS

A former Los Angeles resident drew an 18-month federal prison sentence
Monday for filing fraudulent income tax returns involving 20
nonexistent children, all with the same birthday.

Norma Coronel, 40, an illegal immigrant who now lives in Livermore,
was ordered by U.S. District Judge Manuel Real to pay $302,186 in
restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

In a plea agreement, Coronel admitted that she applied for and
obtained Social Security numbers for at least 20 fictitious children
in 2002. She claimed all the children had been born at a Los Angeles
hospital on Dec. 11, 2002.

Coronel admitted that she had included the children as dependents on
federal tax returns for family members and friends and had the IRS
send tax refund checks to her.