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Federal authorities on Monday and Tuesday arrested three defendants who were charged with participating in a tax fraud scheme that used stolen identities to file at least 527 fraudulent federal income tax returns, officials said.
They claimed more than $1.9 million in fraudulent tax refunds with the IRS.
The 41-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on July 12th and unsealed yesterday and charges the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, filing false claims against the government, theft of government property, wire fraud, possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, possession of an identification document with intent to defraud the United States, aggravated identity theft, and criminal forfeiture.
If convicted of wire fraud, each defendant is facing up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In addition, each count of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in federal prison
The Indictment also names a fourth defendant, Raymond Salazar, 53, of Los Angeles who remains at large.
The three defendants taken into custody on Monday and Tuesday are:
Charlene Castrejon, 58, of Hemet, California;
Rebecca Mona Sandoval, 33 of San Jacinto, California; and
Robert Manuel Gamboa, Jr., known as Paul Timothy Garcia, 29, of Highland, California.
At their initial court appearances this week in the U.S. Courthouse in Riverside, Castrejon, and Sandoval were released on bond. Gamboa remains in federal custody pending his detention hearing on July 28.
The indictment alleges that Castrejon, Salazar, and Sandoval prepared fraudulent federal income tax returns in the names of identity theft victims with false income, dependent, earned income credit, education credit and child tax credit information.
The Indictment further alleges that the refund payments were either mailed to addresses or deposited directly into taxpayer debit card accounts that Castrejon, Salazar, and Sandoval controlled.
Gamboa worked with the other defendants by depositing the refund checks into the accounts that he and the others controlled.
The defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
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Three Jersey City police officers this week admitted stealing from Jersey City by getting paid for off-duty work they didn’t do, according to officials.
James Cardinali, 38, of Jersey City, Victor Sanchez, 37, of Hasbrouck Heights, and Christopher Ortega, 29, of Brick, all plead guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit fraud, officials said.
According to the evidence, Cardinali’s duties included serving as the “pick coordinator” for Jersey City’s South District, responsible for assigning police officers to off-duty details.
On multiple occasions, Cardinali asked representatives of certain vendors who were performing work in the South District to sign Jersey City off-duty vouchers indicating that a police officer had completed an off-duty assignment for that vendor, even though no officer had in fact completed any assignment, according to authorities.
The three cops are among five who have pleaded guilty in the federal probe of the jobs program, which allows officers to work off duty as private security or traffic managers.
The five men have admitted allowing companies to operate work sites without officers present; approving and submitting phony pay vouchers for work officers never performed and accepting cash from private companies and fellow cops in exchange for their participation in the scheme.
Cardinali then falsely represented on these vouchers that a particular police officer had completed an off-duty assignment.
These officers were paid for work they did not perform.
Cardinali personally obtained from the officers some of the money that they were paid as a result of the fraudulent conduct, officials said.
Sanchez and Ortega defrauded Jersey City by consenting to the submission of false and fraudulent off-duty vouchers to Jersey City indicating that they had completed certain off-duty assignments that they had not, in fact, completed.
Both were paid by the city for off-duty assignments that they did not actually complete, officials said.
All three officers face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.
Cardinali is required to forfeit the $39,587; Sanchez is required to forfeit $21,583; and Ortega is required to forfeit $18,336.
Sentencing for all three defendants is scheduled for Nov. 6.
A Monterey Park man was taken into custody late this morning on federal smuggling charges stemming from the seizure of a package that contained three king cobras hidden in potato chip canisters.
Rodrigo Franco, 34, was arrested this morning by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement after he was named in a criminal complaint filed on July 21.
Franco, who is charged with one count of illegally importing merchandise into the U.S.
If convicted of the charges, Franco is facing up to 20 years in federal prison.
Franco is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, U.S.Customs and Border Protection on March 2 inspected a package sent from Hong Kong and discovered three live king cobra snakes – a protected and highly venomous reptile – each of which was approximately two-feet long.
In addition to the three snakes, the parcel being sent through the United States Postal Service contained three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles, according to authorities.
On the same date, Franco also mailed six protected turtles – desert box turtles, three-toed box turtles and ornate box turtles – from the United States to Hong Kong, but that shipment also was intercepted by the USFWS, officials said.
Because of the danger associated with the cobras, the snakes were seized from the package that had come from Hong Kong.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service made a controlled delivery of the soft-shelled turtles to Franco’s residence.
Immediately after the package was delivered, agents with the USFWS and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at the residence.
While executing the search warrant, agents found the package that originated in Hong Kong in the children’s bedroom, in which, they also discovered a tank containing a live baby Morelet’s crocodile and tanks containing alligator snapping turtles, a common snapping turtle, and five diamond back terrapins – all of which are protected species, according to the affidavit.
During a subsequent interview with authorities, Franco admitted that he had previously received 20 king cobras in two prior shipments – but he said all of those snakes had died in transit.
During the ensuing investigation, authorities obtained evidence from Franco’s phone that revealed messages in which Franco and an individual in Asia discussed shipping turtles and snakes between the United States and Asia.
According to the complaint, the messages indicate that Franco had previously received live cobras from his contact in Asia and was going to give five of the snakes to a relative of his contact.
A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Erik M. Silber of the Environmental and Community Safety Crimes Section.