Rochester man indicted in tax scheme

Posted at: 08/16/2013 8:09 PM | Updated at: 08/16/2013 8:10 PM

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A federal grand jury has returned a 117-count indictment charging a Rochester man with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and making false claims to the United States.

According to the indictment, 50-year-old Norman Perry, of Rochester, posted ads claiming that he could find lost or unclaimed funds. Officials say people then provided Perry with their personal information and paid him $300 for each $1,000 check they received.

Officials say Perry used the information to prepare and file approximately 1,200 false and fraudulent tax returns with the IRS, claiming refunds for more than $1 million. Perry told officials that the people he filed tax returns for were students and that they were entitled to receive the American Opportunity Credit, a refundable tax credit for educational expenses. Officials say none of the individuals were students.
If convicted, Perry faces a maximum of 27 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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