A Reno, Nevada, man was charged with 10 counts of false tax claim fraud, 10 counts of unlawful use of a means of identification, 10 counts of mail fraud, and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft.
Edward David Simon, 52, allegedly received more than $100,000 in refunds from the IRS. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to court records, between Feb. 10 and May 3, 2010, Simon allegedly filed nine false and fraudulent tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of others. On each return, Simon claimed refunds of about $5,200.
As part of the scheme, Simon allegedly submitted forged W-2 forms showing earned income for the individuals and then had another person file the tax forms by mailing them to the appropriate IRS processing center.
If convicted, Simon faces up to five years in prison on each false claim count, up to 15 years in prison on each unlawful use of identification count, up to 20 years in prison on each mail fraud count, and at least two years in prison on each aggravated identity theft count, as well as fines of up to $10 million.
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