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Rochester Woman Indicted For Tax Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

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

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker announced a federal indictment charging ROSA MARGARITA MALDONADO with two counts of filing a false claim for tax refund, one count of theft of public money, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. MALDONADO will make her initial appearance in United States District Court on June 21, 2017.


According to the indictment, MALDONADO filed false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns in her name for tax years 2011 and 2012 in which she reported false dependents, claimed fraudulent Earned Income Tax Credits and Additional Child Tax Credits, and claimed tax refunds to which she was not entitled.


According to the indictment, MALDONADO stole a $7,712 tax refund from the U.S. Treasury for tax year 2012 and unlawfully used the names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of two minor children in the course of that theft of public money.


This case is part of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, and the Department of Treasury, Office of Inspector General.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen A. Slaughter and U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Christopher S. Strauss.



Defendant Information:



Rochester, Minn.



  • False, fictitious or fraudulent claims, 2 counts

  • Theft of public money, 1 count

  • Aggravated identity theft, 2 counts






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The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 9, 2017