Jenniffer Torner Lopez, 39, has pleaded guilty to re-entry of removed alien and fraud in connection with identification documents. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
According to her plea agreement, Lopez had approximately 95 foreign identification cards, including Mexican voter registration cards issued by the government of Mexico, in her house in Glendale. Lopez — as well as others involved in the scheme — used the cards in a false tax preparation scheme conducted from her home over multiple years.
Lopez used the foreign identification cards in a variety of ways, including as supporting documentation in obtaining taxpayer identification numbers for foreign nationals (many of whom neither lived nor worked in the United States), and in filing tax returns electronically. Lopez claimed approximately $511,000 on the fraudulent tax returns and received $246,518 in refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
According to her plea agreement, Lopez is a citizen of Mexico and is not a citizen of the United States. In January, Lopez was arrested by immigration officials. At the time she was arrested, she had previously been removed from the United States at or near Nogales in 2002, and she did not obtain the express consent of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission prior to re-entering the United States.
The investigation in this case was conducted by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.