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Feds: Three Used Fake Tax Returns to Steal Millions

LUZERNE COUNTY — Investigators have charged three people from Luzerne County with using fake tax returns to steal over $6 million from the government.

Jonathan Jacome, 27, of Mountain Top; Cindy Jacome, 28, of West Hazleton; and Melissa Castiglione, 30, Mountain Top, were indicted on August 8 by a federal grand jury. The case was unsealed Wednesday.

The indictment alleges that Jonathan Jacome used stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns in 2011 and 2012, and obtained over $6 million in fraudulent federal tax refunds.

Authorities said Jacome owned three check cashing businesses through which he processed the fraudulently obtained Treasury checks.

All three face fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and obstruction charges.

Cindy Jacome and Melissa Castiglione are alleged to have conspired with Jonathan Jacome to launder the proceeds. The indictment also says that Castiglione and Cindy Jacome obstructed the investigation and that Cindy Jacome committed perjury, all stemming from false, evasive, and misleading testimony before the grand jury.

14 comments

  • reap what you sow...

    They’ll just get a slap on the wrist. Heck it was only $6000000 and they’re white. Hey it’s not a serious crime, like a black or latino kid stealing some Skittles — that would get him 10-20 years.

    • Joseph Cookson

      Before you make racists comments like this you should do some research. They’re not white, but thanks for showing the world how much you hate white people!

  • Kayla

    Would anyone know how to find out if you’re one of the people they stoles identity? If anyone possibly knows… I would love to know… My tax return was taken in 2015 for a tax returned not filed by me… For the year of 2012

  • Juan Hunoz

    Looking at social media profiles in those same names, I see a lot of friends living in Guatemala and other countries. I’m assuming WNEP uses the phrase “from Luzerne County” very loosely…

    • Kai Tai

      The woman from mountain top appears to have same name as a Hazelton Elementary teacher that lives in Mountain Too. Hmmmmm

    • Bob Smith

      I think, that they have BS in accounting to learn how to cheat like Enron and Madoff’s. And mine in BA in Education no place to cheat. DUH!

  • Lance

    A departure from the usual crime here. A white collar crime. So different from the perverts, shootings, robbery and drugs we see in Luzerne.

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