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New Brunswick Man Gets 4 Years for Tax Refund Scheme

NEW JERSEY 101.5

A central New Jersey man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in what authorities say is one of the largest tax-refund fraud schemes ever uncovered.

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Manual Rodriguez had pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to defraud, theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the 50-year-old New Brunswick resident was a part of an operation that filed more than 8,000 fraudulent tax returns that caused a loss to the government of more than $12 million.

They say the conspirators illegally obtained names and Social Security numbers of Puerto Rican citizens to file the returns. Authorities intercepted some $22 million in fraudulent refunds before they were delivered.

Under terms of his sentencing Friday, Rodriguez must also pay $5.2 million in restitution.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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