- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NEWARK,N.J. (AP) - The leader of an extensive tax refund scheme that cost the government more than $2.5 million has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Julio Concepcion will also have to pay more than $5.6 million in restitution under the sentence imposed Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Passaic man had pleaded guilty in January to theft and conspiracy to steal government funds. He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge stemming from his involvement in a separate mortgage fraud scheme.

Prosecutors say that from at least October 2009 through May 2013, those involved in the scheme obtained the Social Security numbers and other personal information of numerous people, including residents of Puerto Rico. They then used this information file for and receive fraudulent tax refund checks.

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