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Southfield Woman Bound Over to Circuit Court on Tax Fraud Case

LANSING – A Southfield woman who is facing 43 offenses, including uttering and publishing, using a computer to commit a crime, and making and permitting false tax returns, waived her right to a preliminary examination, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Lori Bradford, 55, was arraigned November 17 in Oakland County’s 46th District Court. Bradford is charged with the following: 

  • 17 counts of making/permitting false returns, felonies punishable by up to five years and/or $5,000; 
  • 17 counts of using a computer to commit a crime, which in this instance are felonies punishable by up to seven years and/or $5,000; 
  • 9 counts of uttering and publishing, felonies punishable by up to 14 years. 

Bradford is accused of preparing and filing tax returns containing false statements and claims for at least 15 people. Bradford is also accused of preparing and providing false supporting documentation to the Michigan Department of Treasury.  

“I applaud the hard work of the Michigan Department of Treasury for their investigation and working with my department to hold accountable those who try to manipulate the system,” said Nessel. “My Financial Crimes Division works tirelessly to investigate tax crimes and prosecute those who break the law.”   

The Michigan Department of Treasury collaborated with the Department of Attorney General in the investigation of Bradford.

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Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  The Department of Attorney General does not provide booking photos.