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District of Minnesota

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Rochester Woman Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Tax Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ROSA MARGARITA MALDONADO to two years and one day in prison for filing a false claim for tax refund and aggravated identity theft. MALDONADO pleaded guilty on April 19, 2018, and was sentenced today before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the documents filed in the case, MALDONADO filed false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for tax years 2011 and 2012 in her name that 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 documents filed in the case, 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, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the Department of Treasury, Office of Inspector General. 

This case was 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, 1 count
  • Aggravated identity theft, 1 count


  • Two years and one day in prison
  • One year of supervised release





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Updated August 30, 2018