Petr Murmylyuk Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in Prison for Generating Fraudulent Tax Returns with Stolen IDs

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On March 19, 2014 Petr Murmylyuk was sentenced to 3-to-9 years prison for submitting phony tax returns in the names of hundreds of victims to the Internal Revenue Service to steal their tax refunds. The defendant stole the personal identifying information of more than 300 people by creating a fake job placement website, and falsifying wage information on the false tax returns to generate the refunds. He recruited a network of eleven Kazakh student visa-holders, typically holders of J-1 Visas, to open bank accounts to receive the unauthorized refunds. On April 15, 2013, Murmylyuk pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Money Laundering in the Second Degree.