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Rochester woman takes plea deal in federal tax case

Accused of falsely claiming earned income and child tax credits.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 1:38 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Rochester woman is pleading guilty to federal tax crimes.

Rosa Margarita Maldonado was charged in June 2017 with falsely claiming Earned Income Tax Credits and Additional Child Tax Credits on her 2011 and 2012 federal tax returns. She’s accused of using the names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of two minor children in order to get a $7,712 tax refund she did not deserve.

According to federal court documents, Maldonado pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of false, fictitious or fraudulent claims and one count of aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 30.

This case is part of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, and the Department of Treasury, Office of Inspector General.

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