A former Somerville tax preparer was sentenced Tuesday to 61 months in prison—just over five years—for committing identity theft and tax fraud, according an announcement from the District of Massachusetts United States Attorney's office.
Rosa Ivette Colon, 44, of Milford, ran X-Press Taxes in Somerville, and between 2004 and 2010 she prepared false claims for herself and clients, sometimes unlawfully using their identities without their knowledge. She defrauded the government somewhere between $400,000 and $1 million in unpaid taxes, according to an August press release from the U.S. Attorney's office.
Colon pleaded guilty in August to 32 counts of aggravated identity theft, filing false claims with the IRS and forging endorsements on U.S. Treasury checks.
In addition to her prison term, Colon was ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the IRS.
Colon was sentenced by District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, according to the recent announcement.
Somerville Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to I.D. Theft and Tax Fraud
Somerville Tax Preparer Charged With Identity Theft and Tax Fraud