Cincinnati man pleads guilty to filing 116 false tax returns

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with filling approximately 116 false federal income tax returns, the IRS announced Wednesday.

From June 2010 to November 2012, Antoine Rogers prepared and electronically filed the returns with the IRS from various locations within Cincinnati, a portion of which were filed without the taxpayer's knowledge or consent, the IRS said.

"Rogers directed that the false income tax refunds be paid either by direct deposit into his bank accounts or onto prepaid debit cards that he controlled," the IRS said in statement.

The false income tax returns contained fraudulent items such as Household Help Income and the American Opportunity Credit which Rogers knew the taxpayers were not entitled to or had not received, according to authorities.

The IRS said Rogers prepared his own 2009 through 2011 personal income tax returns claiming false amounts of Household Help Income and false American Opportunity Credits.

For the 2009 through 2011 income tax years, authorities said Rogers caused a $408,535 loss to the IRS.

Rogers, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and to one count of theft of government property.

He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, plus an additional two years in prison relative to the aggravated identity theft charge that will run consecutive to any sentenced imposed by the court.

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