SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Diego Rojas, age 43, of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 36 months’ imprisonment before United States District Court Judge James M. Munley for conspiring to defraud the government with respect to income tax claims.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Rojas deposited approximately 350 United States tax refund treasury checks, at least 250 which were identified as fraudulent (Stolen Identitiy Refund Fraud (SIRF)) checks, into the check cashing company he owned and operated, Dunmore Check Cashing. The approximate value of these SIRF checks was $1,669,000.
Rojas was also ordered to pay $1,669,864 in restitution.
The case was investigated by the Scranton Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob prosecuted the case.
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