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BOSTON, Mass. - A Fall River man was convicted today in federal court of issuing false Forms W-2 in order to generate fraudulently inflated refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

MICHAEL J. MOLLER, 32, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns and obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that in 2007, MOLLER owned Continental Movers, Inc. and devised a scheme whereby he issued false Forms W-2 to employees and others that reflected inflated amounts of wages and withholding. When these false W-2s were incorporated into personal income tax return filings, they caused the IRS to issue refunds that these taxpayers would not have received but for the false W-2s. Moller and his confederates then shared the illegal refunds.

Judge Tauro scheduled sentencing for May 17, 2011. MOLLER faces up to three years imprisonment to be followed by one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori J. Holik of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


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