Former CEO And COO Of JHL Biotech Sentenced For Conspiring To Steal Trade Secrets And Commit Wire Fraud Exceeding $101 Million
OAKLAND – Jeremy Orr was sentenced to 30 months in prison for wire fraud after filing more than 200 fraudulent income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Special Agent in Charge Kareem Carter. The sentence was handed down today by the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge.
Orr, 36, of Richmond, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charge on March 12, 2019. According to his plea agreement, Orr admitted he devised a scheme to defraud the IRS of hundreds of thousands of dollars by filing false federal income tax returns. Orr obtained the personal identification information of individuals in and around the Bay Area and prepared false 2011 federal income tax returns in the names of those individuals. The tax returns reported false wages, false education expenses, or both, that generated a fraudulent income tax refund. In sum, Orr electronically filed more than 200 false tax returns with the IRS resulting in claimed fraudulent tax refunds totaling $335,142.
A federal grand jury indicted Orr on January 15, 2015, charging him with four counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and four counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A. Orr pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and the remaining charges were dismissed.
In addition to the prison term, Judge White ordered the defendant to serve a three year period of supervised release. The defendant was remanded into custody on June 12, 2018, and will begin serving his prison term immediately.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose A. Olivera is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Jessica Rodriguez Gonzalez and Katie Turner. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the IRS-CI.