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10 Illegal Aliens Steal $13M – Tax Refunds

From South Carolina’s Greenville News:

10 illegal aliens in S.C. admit to bilking IRS out of $13 million

By David Dykes • Staff writer • April 2, 2010

Ten people illegally in the United States pleaded guilty for their involvement in a four-year, $13 million fraud against the Internal Revenue Service, acting U.S. Attorney Kevin F. McDonald said Thursday.

Nine defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and for entering the United States without authorization, Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Stephens told The Greenville News .

The 10th defendant pleaded guilty to mail fraud and illegal entry, Stephens said. Senior U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. accepted the pleas and will sentence the defendants later.

“This is the largest tax fraud case that I’m aware of ever occurring in the district of South Carolina,” Stephens said. “This is an extraordinarily serious, large case.”

McDonald said that between 2006 and November 2009, two tax preparation businesses, Seguros Internacionales, operating in Spartanburg and Forest City, N.C., and Poz Servicios Para Hispanos, operating in Boiling Springs, along with affiliated individuals filed more than 10,000 federal income tax returns claiming more than $22 million in refunds.

The IRS paid approximately $13 million in refunds before criminal investigators discovered most of the returns filed were fraudulent, McDonald said.

Seguros Internacionales and Poz Servicios Para Hispanos have been shut down, he said.

Agents estimate at least 20 people were involved in operating the scheme in which tax preparers knowingly claimed tax credits or deductions to which filers weren’t entitled, McDonald said.

One tax credit improperly claimed on a majority of the false returns was for child care expenses, prosecutors said. The credit can result in a refund even if no taxes were paid, prosecutors said.

Of the 10 people pleading guilty Thursday, nine were “runners” who solicited others to have their returns falsely prepared and then assisted them in getting their refund checks cashed, Stephens said.

McDonald identified them as Edgar Carrillo-Borjas, Miguel Angel Carrillo-Borjas, David Hernandez-Juarez, Ariana Canseco-Orozco, Maribel Juan-Orozco, Cristina Sanchez-Perez, Juan Carlos Carrillo-Roy, Carlos Carrillo-Rodriguez, all of Mexico, and Luis Gerardo Mora-Vargas, of Costa Rica.

The 10th person, Omar Maldonado-Cardenas, of Mexico, had an active role running the day-to-day operations at Seguros Internacionales for two years, McDonald said.

He said two other people in the case pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to obstruction of justice.

Juan Manuel Galban Ortega and Rodolfo Magana Escoto, both of Mexico, admitted burning documents and records associated with Seguros Internacionales, according to McDonald and federal court records.

On Nov. 17, approximately 100 law enforcement agents served search warrants and conducted interviews at various locations throughout the Upstate in connection with the investigation, McDonald said.

According to prosecutors, the 12 people who were convicted remain in federal custody and are awaiting sentencing. They face maximum penalties ranging from five to 20 years. All will be deported after completing their sentences, prosecutors said.

In connection with the case, five more people were arrested this week and charged with conspiring to defraud the United States, according prosecutors and court records.

Those arrested included Yolanda Poz of Boiling Springs, Lisa Mendoza of Spartanburg, Teresa Bravo of Pacolet, and Ashley Moore of Forest City, according to McDonald and court records. A fifth person was arrested Thursday, Stephens said.

None could be reached for comment.

The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are likely, McDonald said.

He said the case is being investigated by agents from the IRS, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Sorry, but the only crime we see here is that these poor undocumented voters are being called “illegal aliens.”

Wonder of this story will ever make it out of the local media.

By the way, don’t forget to complete your tax returns before the 15th.

So many depend upon them.

(Thanks to JC for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “10 Illegal Aliens Steal $13M – Tax Refunds”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Wow, 5 whole years in prison, then they can return home with all the cash stored away under their mattresses? All with just a fake social security number and a computer?

    How can I sneak into a foreign country and rip them off like this? I think I will try Canada, I don’t care if I ever return there or not after conviction, and they seem like liberal suckers to me.

  2. 64dodger says:

    Hundreds of millions are stolen each year and the govt makes it easy.

    Giving Cover to Illegal Aliens: IRS Tax ID Numbers Subvert Immigration Law
    By Marti Dinerstein
    October 2002
    Backgrounders and Reports

    Download this Backgrounder as a pdf


    Through its issuance of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) appears to be blind or indifferent to the reality that it has:

    •created an official U.S. tax number that illegal aliens are using as identification, thereby making it easier for them to meld unnoticed into our society;

    •endangered homeland security by issuing ITINs to illegal aliens, without adequately ensuring that they are denied to terrorists, criminals on the FBI database, and those under deportation notices;

    •exceeded its traditional role as a tax receiver and processor by marketing the ITIN to illegal immigrant communities;

    •failed to provide adequate safeguards to prevent illegal aliens from receiving tax benefits to which they are not entitled;

    •subverted U.S. immigration laws by withholding information from the INS and SSA about fraudulent activity of illegal aliens;

    •provided an ID vehicle that advocates hope will be used to “regularize” illegal aliens; and

    •withheld from public review data that is relevant to determining the economic contribution of illegal aliens to U.S. society.


  3. BigOil says:

    It is truly amazing that a company with the name “Seguros Internacionales and Poz Servicios Para Hispanos” in South Carolina would be allowed to fill out US tax forms for four years before arousing suspicion. Meanwhile, our Homeland Security Department is keeping a close eye on all the dangerous…radical…racist…tea bagging conservatives. How much longer will our country survive?

  4. proreason says:

    The real crime appears to be the audacity of the people who claimed tax refunds in the first place.

    Such lack of patriotism deserves to be punished.

  5. just thinking says:

    OH! Wait! Don’t tell me…!

    I was just thinking…?

    Why don’t we confiscate what we can, put their names on a list, (maybe cut off their right hand, or brand them like the commie/Marxists we are fast becoming?) and send them back?

    We have funded their families/armies, criminal activities, and political objectives for, how many years? And now some bleeding heart do-gooder wants to provide them with free room and board, health care, education, lawyers, and free TV so they can see the results of their work, etc…. Where can “I” sign up for that??? Oh! Wait! We’re getting there – obamacare!

    But I realized the answer to why we don’t just send them back as I kept on thinking… more liberal, free-loading voters – useful idiots . . …

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    This is likely only the tip of the iceberg.
    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that MECHA, La Raza, and ACORN are involved in this scheme.

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