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Massapequa Man Charged in Tax Scheme

Carlos Soto accused of using stolen social security numbers to file fake returns.

A Massapequa man is one of six people charged in connection with a tax fraud scheme that was designed to get the government to send out $73 million in bogus refunds, federal prosecutors said  Thursday.

Carlos Soto, 26, of Massapequa allegedly used stolen social security cards, to file false tax returns asking for the refunds.

The six defendants were charged in three separate indictments, according to the office of Lorretta Lynch, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. 

Soto and two others were indicted for filing over 2,500 fraudulent tax returns between August, 2011 and June 2012, seeking about $12 million in refunds, prosecutors said. Refund checks were sent to several addresses including ones in Amityville. 

Prosecutors said all of the defenants exploited tax laws which exempt Puerto Rican citizens from filing federal income tax returns provided all of their income was earned on Puerto Rico.

catman December 22, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Why is this a crime ? Its not like the U.S. Govt. is losing any real money here. They're just numbers in a computer. And just for kicks they print up these pieces of paper that they call money but in actuality have about as much value as the money in a Monopoly game. All the real money was spent years and years ago.
ed December 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
All tax money goes to pay off the debt to a private bank called the FEDERAL RESERVE.

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