Man pleads guilty in Houston, submitted bogus returns in $1.8M tax fraud, ID theft scam



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HOUSTON — A man living in Houston faces more than 20 years in prison for running a tax returns scam in which at least 600 people had their identities stolen.

Amon Rweyemamu Mtaza pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Federal prosecutors in Houston say the Tanzanian national was responsible for the $1.8 million tax refund filings scheme.

Investigators say Mtaza, who awaits sentencing, used stolen and unlawfully obtained personal identity information to submit fake returns and get refunds.

Mtaza faces up to 20 years for the conspiracy and wire fraud charges as well as a mandatory two years for each count of aggravated ID theft, to be served consecutively.

Mtaza must also forfeit two luxury cars, including a 2006 Maserati.

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