A Bulgarian hacker has admitted to participating in a $6 million fraudulent tax return scheme in which he used tax-filing information stolen from at least four major CPA firms in the U.S. Vanyo Minkov, 32, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in a Newark, N.J., federal court to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiring to file false and fraudulent tax returns. In late 2012, Minkov and other conspirators allegedly hacked into the networks of at least four accounting firms and stole the 2011 tax filings for over 1,000 of the firms’ clients. The names of the accounting firms were not publicly identified by prosecutors, but according to the 2013 indictment and the more recent superseding information, one CPA firm was based in Connecticut, two of the others were in California, and the fourth was in Pennsylvania. “As far as the four accounting firms, they’re not mentioned in the public record, so there’s no way to know what those accounting firms are, except for the fact that they are CPA firms,” said an IRS Criminal Investigation spokesman. Minkov, a Bulgarian citizen, was extradited to the U.S. in 2013. Minkov and others allegedly used […]
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