A New York man has pleaded guilty to leading one of the largest and longest-running tax refund fraud schemes associated with identity theft ever perpetrated in the U.S.

Jose Torres, 47, of Bronx, N.Y., pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in a Newark, N.J., federal court to an information charging him with conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

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