Ten illegal aliens pleaded guilty Thursday for their roles in a scheme to defraud millions of dollars from the IRS.
They pled guilty in federal court Thursday for their involvement in a four-year $13 million fraud scheme against the IRS. Each defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to entering the country without authorization. They face sentences ranging from five to 20 years and subsequent deportation. Nine are from Mexico and one is from Costa Rica.
From 2006 to 2009 two tax preparation businesses, one operating offices in Spartanburg and Forest City, North Carolina and the other in Boiling Springs, filed more that 10,000 federal income tax returns claiming more than $22 million in refunds. Thirteen-million dollars of the refunds were paid by the IRS before investigators discovered that most of the returns were fraudulent.
Agents estimate that at least 20 people were involved in the operation in which tax preparers knowingly claimed tax credits or deductions to which filers were not entitled. Two other individuals involved in the case pled guilty to obstruction of justice in federal court in Spartanburg on February 10. The investigation continues.