Feds: Undocumented worker collects $1M tax refund

DUPLIN COUNTY - An undocumented immigrant used P.O. boxes in Duplin County to receive nearly $1 million in tax refunds, according to federal investigators.

Mardoqueo Majia-Fajardo, a citizen of Honduras, opened P.O. boxes in Wallace and Beulaville and used the boxes to receive nearly 120 federal tax refunds, investigators said.

He allegedly used a fake name to open the P.O. boxes; the refunds were in the names of other people, agents said.

Immigration and IRS officials were among those who investigated Majia-Fajardo.

The returns were for tax years 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

The refunds totaled $830,774, agents said.

Investigators on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Majia-Fajardo.

He's charged with making false statements and illegal entry by an alien.

Another man also allegedly used the Wallace Post Office to collect refunds.

Eli Valla collected more than $1.5 million in refunds from 217 separate tax returns in other people's names, agents said.

Valla is not accused of illegally being in the country.

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