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6 people charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS out of more than $1M

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Six people have been charged with a conspiracy to defraud the IRS. They’re accused of filing fraudulent tax returns and pocketing more than $1 million.

Marciaminajuanequita Dumlao, Elvah Miranda and Daniel Miranda are charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS and other fraud charges. They made their initial appearances in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaiʻi.

A federal grand jury returned a 45-count indictment against them and three others: Rosemarie Lastimado-Dradi, Lazerrick Lawrence and Danitta Ross Morton.

From January 2015 to September 2018, the defendants allegedly filed fraudulent individual tax returns with false withholdings from mortgage lenders. They then claimed substantial refunds from the IRS, totaling more than $1 million.

To conceal the money, they allegedly created trusts, opened new bank accounts and transferred the money between the funds.

If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of five years for conspiracy to defraud the United States, with additional sentences and charges possible.

Jason Ubay is a news editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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