Cuban national accused in UPMC tax-return scheme plans guilty plea

Torsten Ove reports:

A Cuban national extradited last summer from Venezuela to face charges that he used hundreds of stolen UPMC employee identifications to file bogus tax returns for millions in refunds is prepared to admit to his crimes.

Yoandy Perez Llanes, 32, and his public defender filed notice Monday that he will enter a guilty a plea on March 29 before U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak.


Federal agents said the case began when computer hackers stole 62,000 W-2 forms from UPMC’s computer system and sold them on the “darknet,” encrypted website marketplaces for stolen information.

Mr. Llanes and three others are accused of buying 935 of the W-2s to file fake returns.

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