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TEXARKANA, Ark. — A Texarkana, Texas, woman accused of using a forged W-2 form to get a $300 tax refund advance has been charged with forgery in Miller County, Arkansas.

Aarionna Shanquia Allen, 19, allegedly presented a forged W-2 on Jan. 29 to a Jackson Hewitt employee working at a kiosk at the Texarkana, Arkansas, Walmart, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Allen allegedly received a $300 advance on her income tax refund Dec. 23 by showing her paycheck stub from a local fast food business.

When Allen returned Jan. 29 with her W2 form, an alert employee with Jackson Hewitt noticed the pay stub and W-2 didn't match up and noticed that the W-2 form presented by Allen was different than those she'd seen from other employees of the same business.

A Jackson Hewitt supervisor allegedly confirmed the W-2 presented by Allen was a fake.

Jackson Hewitt is seeking restitution of $300.

Allen faces three to 10 years if convicted of forgery.

She is free on a $10,000 commercial bond.

Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Black formally charged Allen with the offense March 31.

The case is assigned to Miller County Circuit Judge Carlton Jones.

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