MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for filing false income tax returns in order to obtain tax refunds, according to court documents.
Yossimar Alarcon-Patino, of Minneapolis, has also been ordered to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution to the IRS.
Alarcon-Patino pleaded guilty on Aug. 23, 2013 to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and money laundering. Three others were also charged and sentenced in the case including Maria Teresita Alvarez-Mateos, Seth Mogollon-Flores and Yuliana Alvarez-Mateos.
Court records show Alarcon-Patino began the tax scheme in 2010, filing false income tax returns that listed fake income and fictional dependents.
Alarcon-Patino obtained fake identification documents that he used to get individual taxpayer identification numbers, which he then used to file the tax returns and W-2 forms, according to the charges.
He was also accused of reporting dependents that did not exist in order to claim child tax credits and higher refund payments.
He paid the others to file other tax returns from their addresses and gave them a percentage of the refund that was returned.
The case was an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.