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January 23, 2013

Lawrence pair charged with stealing U.S. Treasury tax refunds

BOSTON — Two Lawrence men face charges of stealing more than $210,000 in U.S. Treasury tax refunds.

Robert A. Montero, 39, and Wilson R. Santana, 36, were arrested and charged Jan. 10 with 30 counts of stealing U.S. Treasury tax refunds contained in U.S. Treasury checks that had been fraudulently obtained by filing false tax returns with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

The indictment alleges that between November 2011 and February 2012, Montero worked as a bank teller at the Metro West Credit Union in Lawrence where, for a fee, he assisted Santana in negotiating these fraudulently obtained U.S. Treasury checks in the bank accounts associated with Santana. In addition, Santana is charged with four counts of possessing fraudulently obtained U.S. Treasury checks containing U.S. Treasury tax refunds with intent to convert the tax refunds for his own use.

If convicted, Montero and Santana face up to 10 years in prison on each count, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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