On Wednesday, it was announced that a federal grand jury in Minnesota had returned an indictment charging a Rochester, Minnesota tax return preparer with conspiring to file false claims for tax refunds, theft of public money and aggravated identity theft. The indictment against Mercedes Maldonado Rodriguez was announced on Wednesday. The indictment alleges that from 2008 through April of 2013, the defendant operated a tax return preparation business in Rochester.
The defendant is accused of buying authentic birth certificates from Mexican nations. She and her co-conspirators are accused of using those birth certificates and other falsified documents to obtain Taxpayer Identification Numbers from the Internal Revenue Service. The indictment also accuses Rodriguez and her co-conspirators of using the ITINs to file fraudulent tax returns.
Those returns claimed funds based on false dependents, child tax credits and other false items. The defendant is also accused of directing the fraudulent tax refund checks to be mailed to addresses belonging to her family members, employees and co-conspirators. At this point in time, defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Additional details have been made available here.