Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rafael Duran Garcia Pleads Guilty In Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

FRESNO, Calif. — Planada resident Rafael Duran Garcia, 26, pleaded guilty today to two counts of mail fraud and two counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to the guilty plea, from September 2007 to April 2009, Garcia caused 121 false federal income tax returns to be submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the names of third parties in a scheme to obtain tax refund checks. The tax returns were submitted to the IRS with W-2 Forms claiming false wage and withholding information, thereby making fraudulent claims for over $186,000 in federal tax refunds. The IRS suffered an actual loss of approximately $29,840 due to the scheme.

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