RHODE ISLAND MAN ADMITS DEFRAUDING
GOVERNMENT THROUGH TAX REFUND SCHEME
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SALIS ABUD SALCEDO LANTIGUA, also known as “Abu,” 38, of Providence, R.I., pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of defrauding the government through the submission of false claims.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in September and October 2010, LANTIGUA, caused seven U.S. Treasury tax return checks, which were obtained through the filing of seven false 2009 tax returns, to be negotiated at a bank in Stamford. The negotiation of the seven checks resulted in a loss of $40,820.25 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Judge Bryant has scheduled sentencing for February 5, 2013, at which time LANTIGUA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter has been investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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