Richmond man sentenced to prison for tax return scam


A Richmond man was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Tuesday for filing more than 200 fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS, according to the U.S. Attorney Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California.

Jeremy Orr, 36, used the personal identification information of individuals in and around the Bay Area to prepare false 2011 federal income tax returns in the names of those individuals, reporting false wages, false education expenses, or both, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

“In sum, Orr electronically filed more than 200 false tax returns with the IRS resulting in claimed fraudulent tax refunds totaling $335,142,” officials said.

Orr was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 15, 2015, and charged with four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft. On March 12 this year, he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and the remaining charges were dismissed.

Along with prison, Orr, who has been in custody since June 12 of last year, will begin serving his prison term immediately and will be supervised for three years following his release.