- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A 52-year-old Canadian man has been convicted of conspiracy in a multimillion-dollar tax scam involving the Internal Revenue Service.

According to court documents, Kevin Cyster of Burlington, Ontario was the ringleader of a group of Canadian citizens who forged IRS forms claiming almost $10 million in income had been withheld on their behalf by various Canadian financial institutions.

The group arranged to file the false forms electronically with the IRS and then filed false federal income tax returns seeking refunds based on the fictitious withholding amounts.

Refunds totaling more than $3.5 million were sent to Cyster and his co-conspirators before the scope of the fraud was detected.

Cyster was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Rochester and will be sentenced in January.

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