A federal judge sentenced a Raleigh man to six years in prison and ordered him to pay the IRS more than $4.2 million he got through an illegal tax-refund scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Wilfredo Acosta Hidalgo, 47, had run the scam in 2011 and 2012, the agency said in a statement Wednesday, by bringing check-cashers refund checks from tax returns he had filed fraudulently in other peoples’ names. He got the cash less a fee.
Hidalgo pleaded guilty in February to one count each of theft of public money and conspiring to commit that offense, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office said.
Hidalgo was sentenced on Wednesday to 71 months, or nearly six years, in prison and three years of parole after that.
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He owes the IRS $4,280,871 in restitution, the statement said.