Modesto man sentenced for tax fraud

A Modesto man on Monday was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for conspiring to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Heath Lee Roberson, 39, also was ordered to pay more than $66,000 in restitution to the IRS.

According to court documents, from December 2010 to May 2011, Roberson and a co-defendant obtained personal identifying information from more than 40 individuals, used the information to generate false tax returns and submitted them to the IRS.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Tierney prosecuted the case.