A Canadian man admitted to bank and tax fraud in the United States on Wednesday in a Rochester federal court.
Timothy Johnston, 36, of Calgary, Canada, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and commit theft of government funds. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
As part of the plea agreement, Johnston agreed to pay $642,947.26 in restitution to the Internal Reveal Service.
Prosecutors said Johnston, along with other Canadian citizens, participated in a scheme to file fraudulent claims for refunds with the IRS. In 2009, Johnston filed a fraudulent nonresident alien income tax, asking for a refund of $642,947.26.
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