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Lincolnton man gets 3 years for federal tax fraud

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Lincolnton man is set to spend at least the next three years behind bars for income tax fraud from 2010 to 2011, the United States District Attorney’s Office in the state’s Western District said in a recent department press release.

A federal judge sentenced Arileyda Amparo, 32, on Tuesday to 37 months in prison, without parole, in connection with a tax fraud scheme involving six other defendants.

The seven individuals were arrested in February 2011 and indicted in March 2011 on ” one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to false claims, by filing fraudulent tax returns seeking refunds,” the release said.

The defendants secured names and social security numbers from from Puerto Rican victims in order to file false tax returns and claim more than $5 million. The defendants also had the checks mailed to carefully selected mailboxes in the western part of North Carolina.

Amparo pled guilty to the charge in January while five of the other six defendants pled guilty to conspiracy in July and August 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The following individuals have already been sentenced in the case:

  • Dania Ramos, 36, of Lincolnton; 48 months
  • Jose de Jesus (aka Jose Ramos), 30, of Vale; 37 months
  • Xiomara Amparo, 35, of Lincolnton; 18 months
  • Mildred DePena, 49, Lincolnton; 12 months and one day
  • Nelson Jimenez, 52, Lincolnton; 15 months
  • Johan Vargas, 24, of Hickory remains at-large, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation division along with the United States Postal Service and the U.S. Secret Service worked the case, which is being prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Jenny Grus Sugar, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

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