- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says a Raleigh man has been sentenced to almost six years in prison for his involvement in a tax refund check scheme.

A statement from the department said 47-year-old Wilfredo Acosta Hidalgo was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in February to conspiracy to commit theft of public money and theft of public money.

Court documents show that in 2011 and 2012, Hidalgo conspired with check cashers to cash U.S. Treasury refund checks issued from fraudulent tax returns. Officials say Hidalgo provided cashers with checks issued to third parties, and the cashers deposited them into their business bank accounts. Then, they gave Hidalgo the cash, minus a check-cashing fee.

Hidalgo also faces three years of supervised release and restitution of $4,280,871 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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