The founder of a company charged with conspiring to defraud the government was arrested this week crossing the border from Mexico to the United States near Laredo, Texas, the Department of Justice said.

A federal grand jury in August returned a 148-count indictment charging Renaissance, The Tax People Inc., its founder Michael Craig Cooper, and employees Jesse A. Cota, Todd E. Strand and Daniel J. Gleason with conspiracy to defraud the United States by impeding the Internal Revenue Service; conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud; willfully assisting in the preparation of fraudulent federal income tax returns; mail fraud; and wire fraud.

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