Six people were recently charged in New Jersey in connection with a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) scheme that resulted in more than $2.5 million in losses to the U.S. Treasury.
Julio C. Concepcion, 48; Angel L. Concepcion-Vasquez, 29; Jose R. Zapata, 65; and Reyes Flores-Perez, 29, all of Passaic, N.J.; and Romy E. Quezada, 22, of Lake Mary, Fla., were arrested on July 23, 2013.
The sixth defendant, Freddy Gabino-Martinez, 24, of Passaic, is still at large.
According to the criminal complaints, from October 2009 to December 2012, Concepcion, Concepcion-Vasquez, Gabino-Martinez, and Zapata obtained tax refund checks by completing fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities.
Quezada allegedly deposited refund checks into an account she controlled, and Flores-Perez allegedly transferred fraudulent identification documents, including fake driver's licenses and Social Security cards, for use in the scheme.
Concepcion, Concepcion-Vasquez, Gabino-Martinez, and Zapata face up to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to steal government funds, Flores-Perez faces up to 15 years in prison for transferring false identification documents, and Quezada faces up to 10 years in prison for theft of government funds.