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Former Tucsonan sentenced for false tax returns

Posted at 7:59 AM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 09:59:44-05
TUCSON  (AP) - A woman has been sentenced for falsely claiming more than $400,000 in federal tax refunds while she lived in Tucson.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona says 43-year-old April Escobedo, of Las Vegas, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 27 months in prison.
Escobedo has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
Federal prosecutors say Escobedo filed 265 false income tax refunds between January 2010 and June 2013 using the names and social security numbers of others.
Escobedo received roughly $255,000 of the refunds she claimed.
She allegedly deposited some of the fraudulently-obtained money in her bank account. Some of it was distributed through bank accounts opened by her two daughters.
They have been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S.
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