Tax Refund Scam Gets New Jersey Man 28 Months in Prison

A Bergen County, N.J., man was sentenced to 28 months in prison for his involvement in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns that claimed more than $200,000 in tax refunds.

Stephen Pirrone, 51, of Norwood, N.J., previously pleaded guilty to two counts of an indictment charging him with filing false, fictitious and fraudulent tax returns. According to court records, Pirrone created false W-2 forms for himself and a family member that contained fabricated names of employers and names of employers who did not employ Pirrone or the family member, and which contained fabricated amounts of tax withholdings.

Knowing that the false information contained in these forms would be used to create tax returns claiming refunds for himself and the family member, Pirrone caused the fraudulent forms to be submitted as purportedly legitimate to commercial tax return preparers. The forms were used to prepare false income tax returns for 2003 through 2008, which were filed with the IRS on behalf of Pirrone and the family member.

Pirrone allegedly received more than $200,000 in tax refunds from the IRS as a result of his scheme.

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