A former New York State tax officer is being sentenced to forty-one months in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

Patricia Alfieri, a 53-year old resident of Schenectady, admitted to mailing more than three and a half million dollars' worth of phony checks to the Internal Revenue Service.  The IRS then sent her more than $85,000 in refunds that she was not legitimately owed.

United States Attorney Richard Hartunian, in making arguments for New York's Northern District, said that Alfieri filed a false tax return in which she over-reported her federal income tax withholdings, and made up her home mortgage interest and real estate tax payments.