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Tucson man charged with fraud, falsifying over 200 tax returns

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 18:47:10-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson man has been arrested and charged with fraudulent schemes involving money laundering and falsifying information on over 200 tax returns.

According to a press release from the IRS, Luis A. Ortiz turned in approximately 203 false income tax returns by using the personally indefinable information of other people. This was done in an attempt to gain $1,151,491.00 in tax refunds.

Court documents say that returns that Ortiz is accused of using are Individual Income Tax Return Forms, or, 1040s.

Ortiz is also accused of using online portals, like Turbotax and H.& R. Block, while listing bank accounts he owned and controlled in order to have the return money funded back to him from the IRS.

The documents also say Ortiz has been a longtime resident of Arizona, living in Tucson and Nogales areas since at least 2006.

Ortiz's trial is set for May 7, 2019.