Contributed by Michelle St. Pierre
A Florida man was indicted February 15 for conning the government out of $480,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. Charges were filed for mail fraud, money laundering, and impeding internal revenue laws.
According to the Justice Department, Attila Kalmar submitted tax returns in 2007 through 2009 with the IRS in the name of First AK-Open Sec Trust, a nominee entity, for fraudulent refunds in excess of $480,000.
Kalmar deposited the refund checks and use the funds to purchase property, gold coins, and wiring money overseas. Kalmar then made things more convoluted by impeding IRS laws transferring the funds from one account to another and falsely claiming that an IRS officer was an officer of First AK-Open Sec Trust.
The Department of Justice reported that, if convicted, Kalmar faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each mail fraud count, 10 years in prison for each money laundering count, and three years in prison for impeding IRS laws.
Kalmar also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture, and monetary penalties.
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