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Ex-manager of tax service admits fraud, faces prison

A former manager of a Buffalo tax service faces more than 30 years in federal prison following his guilty pleas Thursday to tax fraud and bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said.

Corwin Johnson, 36, a former manager of EZ Income Tax Service in the Town Plaza Gardens on William Street, admitted he prepared and filed falsified tax returns, W-2 statements and other forms to obtain tax refunds for individuals who were not qualified to receive them.

He admitted he assisted in preparing eight fraudulent returns for tax years 2002 and 2003, resulting in the Internal Revenue Service's issuance of tax refunds totaling $19,205 more than was legitimately due to taxpayers.

Johnson also admitted he stole the identity and personal information of someone else to apply for a residential mortgage loan for $77,600 and also said he made up fictitious W-2 forms to demonstrate the individual was a good credit risk.

The loan was used in December 2003 to buy a residence at 83 Glenwood Ave. No payments were ever made on the mortgage, authorities said.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9 before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

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