- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Seven Chicago area residents are facing prosecution for alleged federal income tax crimes.

The office of U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon released information about the cases Monday, one day ahead of the April 15 tax filing deadline.

Fardon says it’s a good reminder of the importance of complying with tax obligations.

One alleged scheme involved 173 fictitious income tax returns using the personal information of dental patients in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge. Prosecutors say in an indictment unsealed Monday that tax refunds were sent electronically to bank accounts controlled by the accused men.

Other Illinoisans have been indicted for tax evasion recently for failing to file federal income tax returns.

Each count of tax evasion carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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