Man charged in $95K federal taxes fraud

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ALBQUERQUE (AP) – Federal prosecutors have charged a Santa Fe man with defrauding the U.S. government of more than $95,000 in taxes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 33-year-old Andrew Lewis made an initial appearance in federal court Friday in Albuquerque on an indictment charging him with federal tax offenses.

Authorities say Lewis was arrested Thursday by the Internal Revenue Service.

He will remain in custody until his arraignment Monday.

Lewis is charged with one count each conspiracy to defraud the IRS and making a materially false statement to a federal officer. He also is charged with nine counts of aiding and abetting the preparation and filing of false tax returns.

Prosecutors say the fraudulent activities took place between February and August of 2009 in Bernalillo County.

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