IRS Charges Man in Alleged Tax Scam

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Hattiesburg, Miss.

Investigators with the IRS filed federal charges against a man arrested in Jones County allegedly involved in an interstate scam to cash fraudulently obtained tax refund checks totaling more than $250,000.

The Hattiesburg American reports Lenin Saul Martinez Urbina is charged with conspiracy, theft of public money, fraud in connection with identification information and aggravated identity theft. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker Thursday, and has a detention and preliminary hearing scheduled Monday.

Special Agent Daniel Henry wrote in the affidavit that Urbina was stopped on Interstate 59 in Jones County Nov. 5, allegedly for speeding.

A search of his vehicle uncovered 32 U.S. Treasury checks, along with 25 photocopies of Social Security cards with identities matching those on 25 of the checks.