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Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to tax fraud

It does not matter if you live in Pennsylvania or another part of the country, tax fraud is something that can land you in hot water.

According to a federal prosecutor, a 34-year-old Pennsylvania man filed tax returns in the names of other people, such as coworkers and schoolmates, which resulted in him collecting refunds of $113,000 over a period of three years.

The man electronically filed 57 false tax returns in the names of 22 people guided by the belief that those people were not likely to file their own tax returns. He falsely used their social security numbers and names to direct the refunds to bank accounts that he controlled. The money was then used to pay for living expenses, a Chevrolet Camaro, and hotels in both Las Vegas and Pittsburgh.

The man was tracked down when an IRS fraud detection center realized that a large number of electronic filings were originating from the same Internet address. He pleaded guilty in court to one count of identity theft as well as 25 counts of wire fraud, with sentencing scheduled for July 11.

Tax fraud is a serious crime, and one that the IRS is well aware of. For this reason, they continually monitor returns to ensure that they bring any wrongdoer to justice. In this case, a man continually filed false returns to obtain refunds that he was not entitled to.

An type of federal fraud can lead to time in prison. For this reason, those who are accused of such crimes often consult with a criminal law attorney who can explain their rights.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Johnstown man pleads guilty to tax-related fraud" Rich Lord, Mar. 05, 2014

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