The Justice Department said that a California marketer has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge of defrauding the United States for his involvement in a tax fraud scheme.Todd Eugene Strand of Murrieta, Calif., pleaded guilty today in a Kansas City federal court this week. According to the government’s indictment, between June 1997 and April 2002, Strand and a trio of co-defendants -- Daniel Joel Gleason, Michael Craig Cooper and Jesse Ayala Cota -- operated a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and taxpayers.

As part of his plea, Strand admitted that beginning in November 1995 he served as co-conspirator Cooper’s right-hand man, eventually becoming Renaissance’s national marketing director in August 1999. Strand pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to defraud the United States in connection with the promotion of a fraudulent tax scheme. He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of aiding and abetting mail fraud. Six other Renaissance workers have also pleaded guilty to charges.

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