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December 2, 2016

Posted  December 2, 2016

A Cranston, Rhode Island resident was sentenced to serve 36 months in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, wire fraud, theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. Belkis M. Guzman, 48, was a former employee of El Centro Multiservicios LLC, a tax preparation business located in Providence, Rhode Island. Guzman was involved in two separate and distinct schemes. The first scheme involved the preparation and presentation of false individual income tax returns (Forms 1040) on behalf of El Centro clients for tax years 2009, 2010, and 2011, on which Guzman created, inflated and falsified dependents, exemptions, credits, deductions and expenses. The second scheme involved the deposit of more than 100 U.S. Treasury checks into Guzman’s personal checking account. The Treasury checks were generated by the filing of fraudulent individual income tax returns containing stolen personal identifying information and fraudulent amounts of income, deductions and credits. DOJ

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