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November 26, 2020

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Las Vegas man indicted in tax refund fraud scheme

A Las Vegas man and unknown co-conspirators defrauded the IRS by filing tax forms in which auto-repair shops claimed more than $11 million in false deductions, according to the office of the U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Lance K. Bradford on 29 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent individual income tax returns, court records show.

Should a jury find Bradford guilty of all charges, he faces a prison sentence of up to 92 years in prison, a maximum sentence of five years for conspiracy, and three years for each of the fraud charges.

The alleged scheme, which officials claim occurred from 2013 to 2015 and resulted in "significant underreporting of business income and taxes due to the IRS,” is connected to six unnamed vehicle collision centers. 

His relationship to the businesses wasn’t clear. 

Bradford is next scheduled in court on Sept. 11.