A former Utica resident has pleaded guilty to charges of theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

The U.S Attorney's Office says 32-year old Anas Wilson admitted he filed fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of victims who were not entitled to tax refunds and directed the refunds to bank accounts he established.

Authorities say as a result, Wilson obtained more than $400,000 in false tax refunds from the IRS.

He faces up to 12 years in prison when he's sentenced in April.

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