Atwater woman convicted of impersonating Cardoza aide

02/27/2013 11:39 AM

02/27/2013 10:54 PM

A federal jury has convicted an Atwater woman of impersonating an aide to then-Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater.

According to a news release from Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, jurors deliberated only 15 minutes before finding Susan Tomsha-Miguel, 52, guilty of the sole count in the indictment against her: impersonating an officer or employee of the United States.

Tomsha-Miguel operated a tax consulting and bookkeeping business in Atwater.

A client, who owned a business in Merced, hired Tomsha-Miguel to resolve a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. Tomsha-Miguel sought help from Cardoza's office.

Cardoza staff members agreed to help and sent Tomsha-Miguel information that included a form printed on official congressional letterhead.

Tomsha-Miguel used that letterhead to send her client a counterfeit letter, purportedly written and signed by a congressional aide.

The letter claimed that because of Tomsha-Miguel's efforts on behalf of her client, the aide had contacted an IRS official, who in turn agreed to make resolving the client's tax dispute his "No. 1 priority" after he returned from "Washington, D.C., for an emergency strategy meeting with the U.S. treasury secretary and others for a planning session in the event a budget does not get passed by both the House and Senate."

That aide did not exist.

Tomsha-Miguel faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced June 24 in Fresno.

Modesto Events

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service