David R. Andre, 41, pleaded guilty to corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the internal revenue laws and theft of government funds, acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the U.S. Justice Department’s tax division said.
Over the course of several years, Andre filed personal tax returns that sought more than $5.6 million in refunds to which he was not entitled and he received $485,000 in refunds, federal officials said. According to prosecutors, he used the money to purchase his residence and multiple vehicles.
The IRS even placed a lien on his house, but lifted it after Andre stated that he was about to make a substantial payment, officials said. After he failed to pay, authorities said they re-filed the lien.
He also falsified statements to IRS agents and told them that he purchased his residence with money he inherited, prosecutors said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8. Officials say he could receive up to three years in prison on one charge and 10 years on another.