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In Bronx Tax Fraud EITC Case Questions of  Corrupted Drives and City Staff Now 12 Years

By Matthew Russell Lee

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 17 – Nine defendants from The Bronx and as many lawyers showed up at 5 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019 for an IRS Earned Income Tax Credit fraud prosecution before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Sidney H. Stein. Inner City Press was there.

  In the EITC case the problem of the day was discovery, specifically getting all the defendants' lawyers copies of the hard drives with the allegedly fraudulent tax filings on them. One lawyer said she couldn't decrypt the data; it was said that the protective order, that the defendants can't take the information home to review it, made thing much more time consuming.

  The request for ninety days until motions, including one for a bill of particulars, are due was rejected. But Judge Stein gave them until July 17, with the government's response due on August 7 and replies on August 16. Time was of course excluded, the interest of the public in a speedy trial being outweighed.

  In part, a corrupt City employee is said to have sold children's information to tax preparing businesses, each of which spawned others, all throughout the Bronx

Jump cut to September 12, 2022: "ARIEL JIMENEZ, a/k/a “Melo,” was sentenced to 12 years in prison in connection with his leading role in a broad tax fraud and identity theft conspiracy and his actions to launder the proceeds of his crimes.  United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein imposed today’s sentence."

  Here's from the underlying complaint: "From at least in or about 2009 up to and including in or about 2015, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ARIEL JIMENEZ, a/k/a "Melo," IRELINE NUNEZ, ANA YESSENIA JIMENEZ, EVELIN JIMENEZ, LEYVI CASTILLO, CINTHIA FEDERO, GUILLERMO ARIAS MONCION, MARCOS DE JESUS PANTALEON, a/k/a "Junior," and JOSE CASTILLO, a/k/a "Jairo," the defendants, and Case 1:18-cr-00879-SHS Document 1 Filed 11/08/18 Page 1 of 24 others known and unknown, knowingly entered into an agreement, combination, and conspiracy with others and each other to defraud the United States and a department and agency thereof, to wit, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), by obtaining and aiding to obtain the payment and allowance of false, fictitious, and fraudulent claims, to wit, the defendants agreed to prepare and file, and assist others to prepare and file, federal income tax returns fraudulently claiming one or more tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit ("EITC"). (Title 18, United States Code, Section 286.)"

The case is US v. Jimenez, et al.., 18-cr-879 (Stein)


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