Rochester man pleads guilty to identity theft

Updated: 06/18/2014 7:34 AM
Created: 06/18/2014 4:46 AM WHEC.com

A Rochester man could spend the next seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to identity theft and filing fake tax returns.

Investigators say 51-year-old Norman Perry posted advertisements saying he could help people find 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 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. Perry is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

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