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Rochester man pleads guilty to submitting fraudulent tax claims to IRS

Eugene Jamar Thomas, 45, of Rochester, has pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service, as announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross. Thomas faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, with sentencing set for April 25, 2024, by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, detailed that Thomas falsely reported substantial interest income on his 2015 tax return, claiming a refund of $495,655. After receiving the false refund, Thomas deposited and then withdrew significant amounts from his accounts. The IRS later recovered approximately $256,250 after discovering the fraud. Thomas did not earn the reported interest income and was not entitled to any refund.

In 2016, Thomas repeated the fraudulent claim with an even larger amount, which the IRS flagged and did not refund.

The plea results from an investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, New York Field Office, under Special Agent-in-Charge Thomas Fattorusso. Thomas’ conviction underscores the seriousness of tax fraud and its consequences.