(Author’s note: Having worked in the tax business for over 25 years, I can honestly say that I do a special “Happy Dance” when people like this are caught and convicted).

Maria Colvard, owner of a tax preparation business, Tax Max LLC in mid-state Pennsylvania, was convicted of extortion and aiding the impersonation of an IRS agent.

In an attempt to shut down a rival tax preparation business, Christina’s Tax Service, Colvard convinced one of her employees to impersonate an IRS investigator and demand money from Christina’s along with her client list.

Colvard could face penalties of up to 24 years in prison and $600,000 in fines, along with deportation as she is not a US citizen.