I-Team 10 follow-up: Guilty plea in tax fraud case

Posted at: 06/03/2013 2:12 PM

Federal officials say a Rochester woman has pleaded guilty in a tax fraud case.

Michelle Torres, 37, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Torres was part of a scheme that involved filing tax refund claims with stolen IDs. She would then pick up the refund checks and send them along to co-conspirators in New York City in exchange for a fee.

The fraud resulted in $1.6-million in false refunds being issued by the IRS.

Torres could serve up to 10 years when sentenced.