- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence tax preparer is admitting he committed tax fraud by falsifying client’s records and diverting some of their refunds to his own bank account.

Fifty-year-old Leon F. Tejada pleaded guilty Friday to federal tax and wire fraud charges.

Tejada was the operator of El Centro Multiserivios, LLC., a tax preparation service in Providence. He admitted in court that he created and falsified clients’ dependents, exemptions, tax credits, deductions and expenses to increase the amount of tax refund his clients were due. He did this without the clients knowing about it.

Tejada also admitted to creating a scheme to divert some of the refund money through a bank clearinghouse. Authorities said he ultimately diverted $24,987 into his own account.

Tejada is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.

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