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4 1/2 Years for Tax Scam

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A Downey man was sentenced Monday to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for a $1.3 million tax scam and aggravated identity theft.

William Gomez Corzo aka William Perez, 52, also was ordered to pay the IRS $1,320,566.

Gomez and his cronies filed more than 1,000 phony federal tax returns seeking returns for earned income credit, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. They used names and Social Security numbers of residents of Puerto Rico and had the money sent to private mailboxes.

Gomez pleaded guilty to theft of public money, and to aggravated identity theft: for using a dead man's identity to get a U.S. passport.

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