Texas man admits using dead to fake tax refunds

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 7:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas man has pleaded guilty to using the identities of dead people to file hundreds of fake tax returns and collect nearly $1 million in refunds.

Jason Cano pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of filing false claims against the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Dallas says Cano filed almost 500 fraudulent income tax returns between 2008 and 2011. He obtained some names and Social Security numbers from public websites.

Prosecutors say Cano faked W-2 forms and had each refund deposited on a prepaid debit card. He would use some cards and give others away. He claimed $883,000 in refunds.

The 37-year-old faces up to five years in prison on one count and two years on the other.

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