On April 12, 2013, the Queens District Attorney and the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance announced that criminal charges had been filed against a Queens CPA and two other individuals, alleging they participated in a wideranging plan to file fraudulent returns. According to a press release, more than 350 New York State 2009 tax returns were submitted, seeking more than $6 million in special additional mortgage recording tax credits, which the taxpayers allegedly were not eligible to claim. Press Release, District Attorney, Queens County, Apr. 12, 2013. Refunds in the amount of over $317,000 had been paid before the Department discovered the alleged scheme. The District Attorney’s office advises that, if convicted, the defendants could face up to 15 years in prison.