Dec 7, 2016 8:15 PM

Former Nashua residents pleads guilty in $1M false tax return case

CONCORD - A former Gate City woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a scheme to file false income tax returns, according to United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

According to statements made during the hearing, from January 2012 to December 2013, Gladys Maria Pena Dominguez couriered at least 130 U.S. Treasury tax refund checks from New York to an alleged co-conspirator in New Hampshire, who gave Pena cash in return.

According to Rice, the checks were issued by the IRS based on false tax returns that alleged co-conspirators filed using the names and Social Security numbers of real people without their knowledge or consent. The
alleged co-conspirators also reported false mailing addresses on the tax returns to cause the IRS to mail the refund checks to locations that they controlled.

According to the government, the value of the checks exceeds $1.1 million.

Pena, 34, of the Bronx, N.Y. and a former resident of Nashua, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft of government property, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy, all federal crimes. The maximum sentence is 17 years in prison, fines up to $750,000 or both.

Pena is scheduled for sentencing on March 16.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Unit, principally by its Manchester field office, with assistance from its field office in New York. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bill Morse.

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