A Johnstown man has been indicted for 25 counts of wire fraud and one of identity theft after federal investigators said that he filed tax returns for other people without their permission in order to collect their refunds for himself.
John M. Chapman, 33, was released Wednesday on unsecured bond pending arraignment on Monday, according to court documents unsealed today.
The indictment said that Mr. Chapman got the names and social security numbers of seven people who he "knew received non-taxable income, and were unlikely to file federal tax returns."
Then, the indictment continued, he used tax filing websites to file returns for them, collecting, from 2008 through 2011, around $52,000.
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