Acting U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced Wednesday a Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States Treasury.
Fifty-two-year-old Jose Perez admitted to stealing the identities of Puerto Rico residents and utilizing them to file fraudulent tax returns. Perez conspired with others to collect tax refund checks and give them to others to cash, according to court documents.
Perez and other individuals cashed $814,981 of fraudulently obtained U.S. Treasury tax refund checks.
Perez was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $814,981 in restitution.