OAKLAND -- An Oakland resident appeared for the first time in federal court Friday on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Robert Thomas Doyle allegedly devised a scheme to obtain money by preparing and filing false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Doyle is charged with filing eight tax returns claiming refunds totaling $29,364.

The returns he filed from about Jan. 15, 2013 to March 28, 2013 contain false information such as filing status, dependents, income and tax credits.

He allegedly obtained the identification of individual taxpayers either illegally or by agreement, then filed federal tax returns electronically using their names and personal information.

Doyle also requested refunds that the individuals named in the returns were not entitled to, according to the indictment.

Released on a $50,000 bond, he is scheduled to return to court March 6.

The maximum penalty for each count of mail fraud and wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for aggravated identity theft is two years of prison time and a fine of $250,000.



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