Former Nashua woman gets prison time in IRS scam

CONCORD – A former Nashua woman was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to her role in a scheme to cash fake tax return checks.

Gladys Maria Pena Dominguez, 35, will serve 54 months in prison and must repay more than $1 million to the IRS as part of her sentence announced this week by acting United States Attorney for New Hampshire John Farley.

From 2012-13, Dominguez reportedly couriered 161 federal tax return checks from New York to a Nashua man, Kenneth Feliz, who paid her cash in exchange for the checks.

The checks were produced by various other people who filled out false tax returns using stolen names and Social Security numbers, according to Farley’s statement. The total amount of money taken is $1.1 million.

Pena, a resident of the Bronx, N.Y., and a former resident of Nashua, pleaded guilty to the federal crimes of theft of government property, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy.

As part of her sentence, Dominguez will be on supervised release for three years after getting out of prison, and she must make restitution in the amount of $1,095,879.44.