- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Providence state representative and city councilman has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax and wire fraud charges.

Leon Tejada will repay over $79,000 to the federal government after admitting he prepared false income tax returns at his tax preparation business, El Centro Multiservicios.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha’s office said Monday the 50-year-old Democrat from the city’s West End also diverted $24,987 of his client’s tax refunds into his own bank account.

According to court documents, Tejada falsified clients’ dependents, exemptions, tax credits, deductions and expenses in order to boost his client’s tax refunds without their knowledge. Prosecutors say the scheme cost the U.S. government $54,440.

Tejada served in the Rhode Island legislature from 2001 to 2006 and on the City Council from 2009 to 2010.

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