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Buffalo man admits filing for $105,000 false tax refunds

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty this week before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to defrauding the Internal Revenue Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross said James Chatmon, 36, made false claims for income tax refunds by gathering biographical information on more than a dozen individuals and then using that information to create false W-2 forms.

Ross said the individuals then used the fake forms to file false federal and state tax returns and ultimately received a total of $105,088 in refunds. The money was then divided between Chatmon and the individual filers.