Former public official. tax preparer sentenced to federal prison

     By:  Thomas Blacke


Providence , RI-  Leon F. Tejada, a former member of the Providence City Council and the Rhode island General Assembly, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in federal prison for devising and executing two tax fraud schemes to steal tax refunds from76 taxpayers whose returns he had prepared and filed, and from the IRS.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Tejada to three years of supervised release upon completion of his term, and also was ordered by the judge to make full restitution to the 76 victims in the case and to the IRS, totaling $78,548.

The crimes occurred between 2009 and 2012, when Tejada, former owner of El Centro Multiservices, devised a scheme to falsify tax returns in order to increase the amount of tax refunds due to his clients.  Some of this money was diverted in his own personal bank account.

Tejada will begin serving his sentence on May 2, 2016.

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