Las Vegas woman, 2 daughters indicted in Arizona for tax fraud scheme


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TUCSON, Arizona — Authorities say a woman and her two daughters have been indicted in Arizona for allegedly defrauding the federal government of hundreds of thousands of dollars in false tax returns.

The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that April Escobedo and her daughters, Rachel and Cassandra Grijalva, appeared in federal court in Tucson earlier this month.

They face charges of conspiracy to defraud the government. Escobedo also faces charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, the women are accused of making more than $470,000 in false refund claims.

IRS Special Agent Brian Watson says they received more than $255,000.

IRS agents arrested Escobedo in Las Vegas and the other two defendants were located in Tucson.

They are scheduled to go on trial Nov. 18.

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