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Tax fraud scheme results in more than two-year prison sentence

A Loomis man has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison for his role in a tax refund fraud scheme.

Aleksandr Kuzmenko, 33, was sentenced Friday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. and ordered to pay $573,332 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Kuzmenko worked as a tax preparer at VK Tax Services in Citrus Heights in 2009.

Between February and November 2009, he conspired with others to file approximately 90 fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. the returns fraudulently claimed the first-time homebuyer credit which was worth as much as $7,500, according to court documents.

The refunds for the fraudulent claims were electronically deposited to various bank accounts controlled by Kuzmenko’s co-defendants. The fraudulent claims totaled approximately $695,724, of which the IRS paid approximately $573,000, authorities said.

Co-defendants Peter Kuzmenko and Valeriy Nikitchuk have pleaded guilty to conspiring to conspiring to defraud the United States and are to be sentenced Dec. 2. Another co-defendant, Arsen Muhtarov, has entered a plea of not guilty in the case.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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