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Modesto Man Pleads Guilty In Tax Fraud Conspiracy

FRESNO, Calif. — Heath Lee Roberson, 39, of Modesto, pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to defraud the United States, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from about December 2010 to May 2011, Roberson and his former spouse obtained personal identifying information from more than 40 individuals. After this information was used to generate false tax returns, Roberson and his former spouse funneled the tax refunds into accounts they controlled. The false tax returns sought over $121,000 in tax refunds.  

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Tierney is prosecuting the case.

Roberson is currently in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on July 7, 2014. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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Docket #: 1:13-cr-342-AWI
Updated April 8, 2015