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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Former Green Bay Resident Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Filing False Tax Returns and Aggravated Identity Theft

Matthew D. Krueger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Alma Ramirez (age: 40) formerly of Green Bay, Wisconsin, appeared in federal court in Green Bay and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, assisting in the filing false tax returns seeking fraudulent tax refunds, and aggravated identity theft. 

As part of her plea, Ms. Ramirez, acknowledged that, during the period from March 2013 through May 2016, she and others working with her and at her direction, prepared and electronically filed with the IRS more than 60 false federal income tax returns that fraudulently sought the refund of more than $300,000 in federal income taxes.

In addition, Ms. Ramirez acknowledged that, as part of her scheme, she stole the identity of third parties and used those identities fraudulently by falsely claiming the stolen identities as dependents on tax returns.

Ms. Ramirez faces a minimum, mandatory sentence of two years in prison on the aggravated identity theft, and up to 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge. She has also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $301,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced on February 19, 2019.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew L. Jacobs.

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For Additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig 414-297-1700

Updated November 20, 2018