Woman pleads guilty in scheme to impersonate IRS agent

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Chambersburg woman has pleaded guilty to a scheme to impersonate an IRS agent.

Maria Colvard, the owner of Tax Max LLC, convinced an employee to claim to be an IRS criminal investigator to get money and a client list from a rival business and to ultimately shut it down, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

After she was indicted in June 2013 and was awaiting trial, Colvard offered her employee $50,000 if she would take sole responsibility for the scheme, Smith said.

Part of the conditions of her pre-trial release required Colvard to have no contact with her co-defendant.

Colvard, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding and abetting impersonation of an employee of the United States and interference with commerce by threats.

She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison at sentencing, which is tentatively scheduled for April 14.

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