At the change of plea hearing on April 2, Federal Prosecutor Jeanne Kempthorne told the court that Allen was the proprietor of a landscaping business in Quincy known as M. Allen Landscaping Inc. and during the relevant period of time, employed between 10 and 15 employees. The employees believed that Allen was withholding payroll taxes when in fact she made no payments to the IRS. Allen filed quarterly payroll reporting forms with the IRS falsely indicating that she had made payroll tax deposits.

The bank fraud charge stems from a 1993 loan application to Fleet Bank in support of which Allen submitted a fraudulent federal tax return which inflated her gross receipts for 1992.

Judge Sterns scheduled sentencing for July 9. On the fax fraud count, Allen faces a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment to be followed by one year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. On the bank fraud count, Allen faces 30 years’ imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release, a $1 million fine, and restitution.

The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by Special Agents for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen G. Huggard, Chief of Stern’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanne Kempthorne of Stern’s Economic Crimes Unit.