YONKERS, N.Y. – A Yonkers man pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a scheme to cash more than $400,000 in fraudulently obtained federal tax refund checks issued in other people’s names, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Edwin Mejia, 31, of Yonkers, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of two years in prison.
As part of his plea, Mejia also agreed to pay $442,642.58 in forfeiture, the U.S. Attorney announced. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Engelmayer on March 12, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
Mejia, who was was arrested in March, worked at branches of a bank in Yonkers and Manhattan. He initially was a banker and later became the branch manager of multiple branches. From about 2010 through 2013, Mejia participated in a scheme to obtain and cash tax refund checks issued by the United States Treasury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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