McHenry tax preparation business accused of filing false tax returns for Mexican nationals

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 50-year-old Roberto Fisher, of Carpentersville, plead guilty in federal court Monday to participating in a scheme to defraud and obtain money from the U.S. Treasury Department.

According to court documents, Fisher admitted to meeting with the manager and several employees of Patty’s Tax Service in McHenry, to prepare 57 false tax returns on behalf of 11 individuals who resided in Mexico, between 2006 and 2011.

Fisher admitted he gave false tax identification numbers to owner Patty Cordoba, of Crystal Lake, and he and Mario Cordoba, Luisa Carbajal, of Marengo, Alicia Arvealo, of Poplar Grove, and other employees, mailed the returns to IRS centers in Austin, Texas, Fresno, California, and Kansas City, Missouri.

Authorities say that the IRS sent checks to the addresses on the tax returns. Cordoba allegedly opened bank accounts for 10 individuals, and Fisher said he deposited 57 tax refund checks into those accounts or his own bank account.

Prosecutors say Fisher defrauded the IRS of $207,467 in taxpayer dollars.

Fisher faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss from the offense, whichever is greater.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 27, 2020.

Patty Cordoba pleaded guilty to mail fraud on September 28th, 2016 and was sentenced to 55 months in prison and a fine of $1,115,072.

Arevalo was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on August 29th, 2016, and fined $1,115,072.

Cesar Besiche, of McHenry, was handed over to the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation on March 15th, 2016, and was fined $74,902.

Carbajal was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison on June 23rd, 2016, and a fine of $1,115,072.

Mario Cordoba was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on September 1st, 2016, and a fine of $1,115,072.

Olga Lidia Diaz-Hernandez, of McHenry, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on July 8th, 2016, with a fine of $166,296.

Veronica Sanchez-Barradas, of McHenry, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on June 7th, 2016, and fined $252,398.

Victor Hernandez, of McHenry, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on May 31st, 2016, and fined $252,398.

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