On January 8, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois, Yair Berkowitz, of Chicago, was sentenced to 62 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $4,069,091 in restitution to the IRS. According to court documents, from 2003 until August 2009, Berkowitz, along with others, participated in a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property from the IRS and various state departments of revenue. Berkowitz and others involved in the scheme, submitted fraudulent state and federal income tax returns using the identities of prisoners and deceased persons. Berkowitz also acknowledged collecting and distributing fraudulently obtained state and federal tax refunds and refunds proceeds from co-conspirators.
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