A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty this week to filing false tax returns with the identities of dead people.
Nicholas Pappas, 29, faces an April 23 sentencing.
Pappas admitted in his plea agreement that he was responsible for filing 30 false tax returns that sought roughly $248,000 in refunds, according to John Collins, special agent in charge IRS criminal investigations in Las Vegas.
Pappas also bought lists of stolen identities that he and his associates used to file the phony returns, Collins said.
The tax returns were filed electronically and instructed the IRS to deposit the fraudulent refunds on pre-paid debit cards in the names of the dead people, Collins said
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