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Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Funds

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Deposited More Than $197,000 in Fraudulent Refunds into Her Bank Accounts

A Crystal Lake, Illinois, woman pleaded guilty today to stealing more than $197,000 from the United States, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

According to the plea agreement, Nellyvette Mojica, 34, admitted that from February 2012 to July 2015, she participated in a scheme to steal money from the United States through the filing of fraudulent income tax returns.  According to the plea agreement, Mojica deposited into her bank accounts income tax refunds that she knew were the proceeds of fraudulently filed tax returns.  Mojica admitted that as part of the scheme she caused 81 fraudulent tax refunds totaling more than $197,000 to be deposited into accounts that she controlled.  Mojica also admitted that following the deposit of these fraudulently obtained refunds, she withdrew some of the money for her own use.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 7.  Mojica faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised release and $197,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  She is the second defendant who pleaded guilty in this case.  Her codefendant, Rosa Alverio, pleaded guilty to stealing government funds and is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 10.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo thanked agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Ryan R. Raybould and Timothy M. Russo, who are prosecuting the case.  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois for their substantial assistance in the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

Updated August 24, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-974