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Tulare County Resident Sentenced to Prison for Counterfeit Treasury Check Conspiracy and Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Michael Dugan, 49, of Exeter, was sentenced today to four years in prison for conspiracy, theft of public money, and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between June 2020 and January 2022, Dugan worked with others to cash counterfeit U.S. Treasury checks throughout California’s Central Valley. These checks were cashed at various locations and were often written to appear to be in the names of other individuals. Dugan caused the cashing of counterfeit Treasury Checks worth over $500,000. While carrying out these crimes, Dugan used the personal identifying information of another person, including their name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and signature.

“Today’s sentence is a reminder that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is committed to aggressively investigating those who commit financial crimes impacting the tax administration and victimizing the citizens of our communities,” stated Special Agent in Charge Rod Ammari. “This case demonstrates the investigative capabilities and dedication of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration special agents. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is committed to protecting the financial infrastructure of the United States by pursuing individuals that abuse the tax administration to further their identity theft schemes.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Z. Carbajal III prosecuted the case.

Updated February 26, 2024

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft