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Woman Found Guilty For Theft Of Government Property And Aggravated Identity Theft


Defendant facing a forfeiture of $153,896.45

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2013

SAN JUAN, PR – Yesterday evening, Allison González-Martínez was convicted of 21 counts of theft of government property, one count of attempted theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez of the District of Puerto Rico.

González-Martínez deposited or attempted to deposit 22 Treasury Checks for over $153,000 issued by the IRS in connection with false and fraudulent tax returns. The defendant spent some of the proceeds at Casa Febus, Capri, and Victoria’s Secret.

The tax returns were filed using the personal identifying information of the victims, when in reality, the victims never filed such tax returns with the IRS.  According to the evidence presented at trial, the false and fraudulent tax returns were filed without the consent of the taxpayers whose identities appear in the returns.

“The Department of Justice is strongly committed to promoting compliance with federal tax laws,” said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. “We congratulate our attorneys who held this defendant accountable for the harm she caused to her victims and our tax system. We will continue to vigorously pursue this issue.”

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service with the collaboration of the Puerto Rico Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mariana Bauza and Senior Litigation Counsel Charles Walsh.

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