- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Pawtucket market owner is accused of being a ringleader in a scheme to get $2.8 million worth of tax refunds by stealing the identities of hundreds of people.

Juan Vasquez and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of aggravated identity theft, theft of government property, money laundering and mail fraud. Prosecutors say the scheme lasted from 2010 to 2014 and mostly targeted residents of Puerto Rico.

Vasquez was arrested in Florida on Sept. 9, and will be brought to Rhode Island for arraignment. That date hasn’t been set, and he doesn’t yet have an attorney, according to court records.

His sister and two employees are also charged. All were released after initial appearances in court this week. Their lawyers did not immediately return messages.


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