Crime

Tacoma man pleads guilty to $1.8 million tax fraud

Staff writerJune 9, 2014 

A Tacoma man who admitted to claiming more than $1.8 million in fraudulent income tax refunds for himself and others faces up to five years in prison when sentenced later this year, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle reported Monday.

Seeney Ristick, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Ristick's to be sentenced in September.

According to court records, he used fraudulent documents and falsified income records to file more than 500 tax returns between 2008 and 2013. He sometimes filed in his own name or in the names of others and also helped friends and relatives seek bogus refunds, the records show. He also charged people for his help in filing false returns.

The U.S. Treasury paid out more than $1.5 million it shouldn't have as a result of the scheme, none of which has been paid back, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

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