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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rochester Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the United States


   ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kelly Nicole Borger, 31, of Rochester, N.Y., and Los Angeles, CA, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to conspiring to defraud the United States. The charge carries a maximum sentence 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,064,702, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that from April 2011 to April 2012, Borger conspired with Michael Carney of Los Angeles, CA, to prepare and submit false income tax returns. Borger emailed Carney the names and other identifying information of 40 individuals in Rochester known to Borger. Carney then prepared 50 fraudulent tax returns in the names of these individuals claiming undeserved tax refunds totaling $532,351.  Borger received at least $169,000 for her role in conspiracy.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Larimer.
Updated November 24, 2014