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East Bay man pleads guilty in phony tax return case

OAKLAND — A Richmond resident has pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud after preparing hundreds of phony tax returns, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said Tuesday.
In a plea agreement accepted by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White, Jeremy Orr said he planned to defraud the U.S. Internal Revenue Service by filing false federal income-tax returns.
Orr, 36, admitted to obtaining personal identifying information for multiple residents in and near the San Francisco Bay Area. He then prepared more than two hundred false 2011 returns, faking wages and educational expenses, and received $335,142 in fraudulent refunds.
A federal grand jury indicted Orr on Jan. 15, 2015, charging him with four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft. Orr has been in federal custody since his May 2018 arrest, and his guilty plea Tuesday to a single wire-fraud count means the other counts will be dismissed at his sentencing May 28, 2019.
Maximum penalties for wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy peak at 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, but any court-imposed sentence must comply with federal guidelines.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Olivera prosecuted the case, which came from an investigation by the IRS’ criminal investigative division, with help from Larry Garland and Kathy Tat.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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