Six Charged Over Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

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.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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