Juan Tamez Diaz sentenced for stealing from IRS and sending money to Mexico

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His name is Juan Tamez Diaz, and he resides in Madison, Wisconsin.  But going forward he will reside in federal prison for stealing money from American taxpayers.

Juan Tamez Diaz was sentenced late last week to four years in federal prison for creating false income tax returns.  The scheme, which lasted 5 years, netted the 41-year-old Mexican man nearly $500,000.

According to the State Journal, “U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Thursday sentenced Diaz, to a two-year sentence for tax fraud, followed by another two-year sentence for aggravated identity theft for a scheme that prosecutors said Tamez Diaz carried out January 2009 and May 2015.

Prosecutors said that during that time, Tamez Diaz used names, Social Security numbers and Individual Taxpayer Identification numbers, along with employer information from six companies, to create fake W-2 forms, then prepared and filed false income tax returns using tax preparation software.”

According to prosecutors, Diaz filed some of the phony returns in his own name.  But the other returns were filed under the names of innocent Americans from whom he stole their identities.

In all, Diaz filed more than 125 phony tax returns. The total amount he looked to get in refunds totaled about $588,000, but was paid out a total of $462,038 by the IRS.  Judge Peterson ordered him to pay that money back.

According to the State Journal, “Diaz told investigators that he worked with others as part of a conspiracy, but investigators were not able to find any of those people or verify much of the information that Tamez Diaz had provided.”

The attorney for Diaz says the tax cheat sent most of the money he stole to Mexico.

“If he had access to the $460,000 stolen from the government, it would make logical sense for him to leave Wisconsin and relocate to wherever that money is stored,” claimed the lawyer.  In other words, Diaz won’t be paying back the stolen money.

Diaz was ordered to report to prison on Aug. 31.

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