CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was sentenced today to 45 months in prison for cashing fraudulently obtained tax refund checks issued by the U.S. Treasury, unlawfully utilizing the stolen identities of residents of Puerto Rico to effectuate the scheme, and tampering with a witness, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Alberto Sanchez, 34, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to five counts of an indictment: two counts of theft of government funds, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of tampering with a witness or victim. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John R. Tafur, Newark Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Guy Ficco, Philadelphia Field Office; and special agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its assistance with the investigation.

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