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Richmond Man Sentenced for Fraudulent Income Tax Returns

Jeremy Orr of Richmond was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for wire fraud connected with filing more than 200 fraudulent income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

Orr, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge on March 12, admitting in his plea agreement to devising "a scheme to defraud the IRS of hundreds of thousands of dollars by filing false federal income tax returns," according to a news release from United States Attorney David L. Anderson.

Orr electronically filed more than 200 returns in 2011 in the names of numerous people around the Bay Area after obtaining their personal identification information, claiming false wages and education expenses that resulted in tax refunds of more than $335,000.

A federal grand jury indicted Orr in January 2015, charging him with four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

Orr pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and the remaining charges were dismissed.

Orr will also serve a three-year period of supervised release under the sentence by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White.

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