February 21, 2024
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

A San Diego man pleaded responsible Monday to federal financial institution and tax fraud prices for utilizing different folks’s private info to use for loans and features of credit score.

Alvin Pates, 54, used the names, social safety numbers and different info from “straw debtors” who acquired a portion of the loans as kickbacks in return for his or her data, in line with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

In line with his plea settlement, functions submitted by Pates and others contained false info relating to the debtors’ revenue and employment, full with false paystubs, tax varieties, and financial institution statements. Pates additionally generally posed because the debtors in cellphone calls with financial institution officers to be able to safe loans, in line with prosecutors.

The whole worth of the fraudulent loans was $87,000 and Pates’ plea settlement states the conduct occurred over the course of almost six years.

Pates additionally admitted to making ready false tax returns for 2 folks in 2015, which netted one of many folks a refund verify from the IRS exceeding $375,000. The verify was issued attributable to false info relating to that particular person’s revenue and was finally returned to the IRS.