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Tax Refund Scheme Uncovered

The U-S Attorney´s Office says three people have been sentenced to federal prison terms in connection with illegal tax refund schemes.

Jose Jiminez, of Porterville, was sentenced to 18 months in custody with three years supervised release in connection with a scheme to use Mexican voter registration cards to tax identification numbers from the Internal Revenue Service.

He´s also been ordered to pay more than 31-thousand dollars in restitution to the I-R-S.

According to federal prosecutors, Jiminez acknowledged that he used the Mexican voter cards from Mexico to obtain the taxpayer numbers, which he used to have false tax returns and false W-2 forms prepared.