Kansas businesswoman gets prison term in IRS case

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -

A Kansas City-area businesswoman has been ordered to spend a year and a half in federal prison for lying about her Cayman Islands interests used in a scheme to hide millions of dollars in secret offshore accounts.

Sixty-six-year-old Verna Cheryl Womack of Mission Hills, Kansas, was sentenced Monday in Kansas City, Missouri. On Monday, she paid the $1.7 million in taxes that her attorneys and the U.S. government agreed she owed.

Womack pleaded guilty last year to a count of attempting to interfere with the administration of U.S. internal revenue laws. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped nine other counts.

Court documents allege that Womack failed to report her offshore holdings as required by law in an effort to hide more than $6 million in income.

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