A man has been convicted for a scheme to garner more than $2.5 million in fraudulent federal income tax refunds by partially stealing the identities of his children.
Michael A. Kheop, 52, of Kansas City, Missouri, was found guilty at trial of three counts of making false claims, two counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to evidence in court, Kheop created a false business entity in 2013. He then created fraudulent W-2 forms that contained false income and withholdings in order to fraudulently claim refunds in his own name and using his three minor children’s names.
Kheop filed 12 false claims for refunds on behalf of his three minor children and in his own name. By filing the false claims for refunds, Kheop attempted to defraud the government of more than $2.5 million. The U.S. Treasury actually paid Kheop $24,322.