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10 in SC plead to defrauding IRS of $13 million

Apr 2, 2010 9:36:00 AM - thestate.com
Ten people in the United States illegally have pleaded guilty in South Carolina to defrauding the IRS of $13 million by filing more than 10,000 income tax returns.

Multiple media outlets report the group pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to entering the U.S. without authorization.

Federal prosecutors say the defendants operated tax preparation businesses in Spartanburg, Boiling Springs and Forest City, N.C., and claimed more than $22 million in refunds between 2006 and 2009. The IRS says it paid out $13 million in refunds before discovering the fraud.

Two other people associated with the case pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice last month. All 12 will be sentenced later. Prosecutors say more charges are likely.

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