Date: October 20, 2020 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org A resident of Newburgh, New York, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States. According to the indictment, Jose Andreu filed false tax returns with the assistance of a return preparer. From 2011 through 2019, Andreu and others prepared and filed false returns through two tax preparation firms that reported significant tax withholdings based on fictitious Forms 1099-OID, in an effort to fraudulently obtain refunds from the IRS. The Forms 1099-OID falsely reported that financial institutions, creditors, and other entities had withheld federal income tax, when in reality no such taxes had been withheld. Andreu also filed false returns for himself and others, claiming more than $2,125,872 in refunds from the IRS. U.S. District Judge Eric R. Komitee scheduled sentencing for Feb. 24, 2021. Andreu faces up to five years in prison, as well as monetary penalties. As part of his plea agreement, Andreu has agreed to pay restitution to the IRS. Special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, conducted the investigation. Trial Attorneys Ann Marie Cherry and Mark Kotila of the Tax Division, are prosecuting the case.