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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dual Citizen of the Dominican Republic and U.S. Charged with Criminal Conspiracy and Theft of Government Property

Philadelphia, PA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Domingo Hernandez, 55, of the Dominican Republic, was arrested pursuant to an indictment charging him with criminal conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of government property.  The indictment alleges that the defendant used the stolen identities of others to file fraudulent tax returns which resulted in a theft of approximately $80,397.89 from the United States Treasury and attempt to steal an additional $312,321.89 more. 

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, four years’ supervised release, and a special assessment of $200. 

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Priya DeSouza

An Indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated August 22, 2018