By Neil Torquiano
Channel 2 News
3:19 PM AKST, February 3, 2013
On Friday, a man from the Dominican Republic received his sentence of nearly 5 years for drug and tax crimes in Anchorage federal court.
30-year-old Issac Amparo-Vazquez conspired to import two kilograms of cocaine into Alaska and also conspired to use stolen Puerto Rican identities to file tax returns and get fraudulent income tax returns.
Amparo-Vazquez entered the country illegally and admitted to filing false applications to the Alaska DMV to get identification documents in other names. He was also known as David Feliciano-Sanchez and Jesus Angel Quinones-Ortiz.
Federal Judge Timothy M. Burgess sentenced Amparo-Vazquez to 57 months and said the crimes were “unconscionable.”
According to court documents, Amparo-Vazquez and others were part of an identity-theft and tax fraud ring that defrauded more than $25 million over a period of 2 years from January 2010 to March 2012.
An investigation found that Amparo-Vazquez cashed two Treasury checks worth just over $11,000. He convinced friends and acquaintances to use their address, so the checks were sent to the Anchorage area. He also admitted to using false documents from the DMV to open a bank account.
Amparo-Vazquez admitted that he and his brother made phone calls to arrange delievery of two kilograms of cocaine to Alaska between Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012.
A number of agencies contributed to the investigation including the IRS, USPS, DEA, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), along with assistance from U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Southern District of New York.
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