A former Racine man was accused by a federal grand jury Wednesday of filing more than 250 false claims on his tax returns.

Tomeki L. Tyson, 45, lives in North Las Vegas. But he used to live in Racine. Charged with 21 counts of making a false claim against the Internal Revenue Service, Tyson allegedly filed the false claims between January 2009 and February 2015.

According to the indictment, Tyson “defrauded and stole money from the IRS through filing fraudulent tax returns containing false employment, income, and tax withholding information, which claimed tax refunds in the names of various actual persons. The indictment further charges that the defendant filed more than 250 such false refund claims with the IRS over this period.”

If convicted of all charges, Tyson faces up to 105 years in prison and/or fined up to $5.2 million.

“IRS Criminal investigation is committed to rigorously pursuing thieves who steal from American taxpayers,” said Shea Jones, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Office. “Today’s indictment should serve as a warning to thieves that we, along with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s Office, will pursue those criminals and bring them to justice.”

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division investigated the matter, which has now been turned over to Assistant United States Attorney Stephen A. Ingraham for prosecution.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.