Guilty plea in federal Las Vegas tax fraud case

A California man pleaded guilty in Las Vegas on Tuesday in a scheme to help people file phony tax returns seeking nearly $800,000 in refunds.

Judas Godina, 38, who is free on his own recognizance, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and faces an Oct. 21 sentencing before Senior U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson.

Godina, who was indicted in the scheme with two other men in July 2013, has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, according to his plea agreement.

The scheme, which occurred from 2010 to 2011, was carried out with the help of documents showing false income claims and business losses, prosecutors alleged.

Godina was alleged to have charged his customers a cut of their refunds.

Contact Jeff German at or 702-380-8135. Find him on Twitter: @JGermanRJ.


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