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April 18, 2018

Posted  April 18, 2018

A Salinas, California, resident pleaded guilty to conspiring to file fraudulent claims for income tax refunds, announced the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to documents and information provided to the court, during 2012, Ana Bajo a/k/a Ana Covarrubias, 43, conspired with others to obtain the personal identifying information of others and use it to file more than 2,300 fraudulent income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These returns reported fake wages and fraudulently claimed dependents, education expenses and tax credits. In total, the returns sought approximately $9.7 million in refunds, of which the IRS paid more than $7.5 million. Bajo, and her co-conspirators, directed the fraudulently obtained refund checks into bank accounts that they controlled. DOJ