A brazen, California-based tax scam involving the filing of fraudulent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1040 and 1040X forms that sought massive, unearned refunds has resulted in another prison sentence.
Say goodbye to Genaro De La Fuente, who this month learned that his role brought him a taxpayer-funded trip to a yet-to-be determined Club Fed.
The swindler, who was indicted in 2011, participated in the plot aiming to steal more than $19 million from the IRS in a laughable scam that included public seminars to enlist suckers and co-conspirators.
One of the attendees happened to be an undercover IRS agent wearing a hidden camera.
At Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker sentenced De La Fuente to a term of 27 months in prison and ordered him partially responsible to pay restitution of nearly $443,000.
Federal agents have the 53-year-old convicted felon in custody today inside the Santa Ana Jail.
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Others convicted in the conspiracy case include Ulises Linares, 12 months; Francisco Ramirez, 15 months; and Osman Norales, 87 months.