Erie County woman sought nearly $40,000 tax refund for wages never earned by bogus company, the indictment states.

An Erie County woman was indicted on felony charges involving bogus wage earnings and claims that the state owed her a nearly $40,000 tax refund.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday the indictment of Stephanie Izevbizua. Izevbizua was arrested March 1, 2019, after she arrived in person to pick up a $39,170 refund check, which tax department investigators believe she claimed using phony information.

Izevbizua, 34, was arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia on April 25 on the following felony charges: one count of third-degree attempted criminal tax fraud; one count of third-degree attempted grand larceny; and one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

In March 2018, Izevbizua, the owner and reportedly sole New York-based employee of Web Debt Solutions, an apparently fake company with no record of any business in New York State, allegedly filed a personal income tax return claiming wage earnings of $7,500. On this initial tax return, Izevbizua allegedly requested an $878 refund.

Several weeks later, Izevbizua allegedly filed an amended tax return claiming wages in excess of $5 million from Web Debt Solutions. This amended return noted nearly $515,000 in withholding and requested a refund. After submitting other amended returns, she fraudulently requested a refund of approximately $39,000, according to the release.

Izevbizua is currently being held on $100,000 bail. She is scheduled to return to State Supreme Court in Buffalo on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.