Leon F. Tejada, a former Providence City Council member and state representative, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for devising and executing two tax fraud schemes to steal tax refunds from 76 taxpayers whose returns he prepared and filed.
Tejada, 51, is the former owner of El Centro Multiservices, a tax preparation service in Providence. He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, who also ordered Tejada to serve three years supervised release after he completes his prison term. Tejada also must perform 1,000 hours of community service.
Tejada pleaded guilty in December, 2015 to one count of tax fraud and four counts of wire fraud. He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence by May 2, 2016. Judge Smith also ordered Tejada to pay restitution of $78,548 to the individuals who tax refund monies he stole and to the IRS.