PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Cuban national is set to plead guilty to charges he conspired to file 900 phony federal tax returns seeking $2.2 million in refunds by using employee information stolen from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Yoandy Perez Llanes was extradited from Venezuela in August. Llanes was indicted in June 2015 with unnamed others on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy.READ MORE: Dramatic Price Drop At Pump Draws Drivers To Galt Gas Station
According to the indictment, Llanes and at least three others were part of a group who used the hospital employees’ information to collect phony tax refunds as Amazon.com credits. The service offered by online filing service Turbo Tax is known as monetizing.READ MORE: Jewelry Store Owner Says Suspects Stole 300K Worth of Merchandise
The credits were then used to buy smartphones, computers, video games and other easily re-sellable electronics.MORE NEWS: Saturday's Show Info (12/4/21)
Llanes will appear Monday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.