A former New York tax preparer was sentenced to nine years in prison for filing thousands of fraudulent tax returns using the stolen identities of minors.

Noel Cuello, 32, the former operator of a tax preparation business with multiple names and locations in the Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court for leading a large-scale identity theft and tax fraud scheme through which identifying information of minors, including Social Security numbers, was obtained through corrupt payments to a former fraud investigator with the New York City Human Resources Administration. The Human Resources Administration is the largest social services agency in the country and administers 12 major public assistance programs.

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