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Former Providence State Rep. Tejada Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges

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Former Providence State Representative Leon Tejada has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax and wire fraud charges. Tejada, 50, has agreed to pay back...

Former Providence State Representative Leon Tejada  has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax and wire fraud charges.

Tejada, 50, has agreed to pay back more than $79,000 to the federal government and acknowledge that he knowingly prepared false income tax returns for clients and skimmed money from their refunds. He deposited the money into his bank account.

Tejda, a Democrat, was also a member of the Providence City Council, from 2009 to 2011, from a district on the South Side and West End. He elected a state representative from District 11 in 2000, losing te seat in 2006 to Democrat Grace Diaz.

He faces one count of filing false tax returns, which has a maximum sentence of three years in prison. He also faces four counts of wire fraud, which has a 20-year maximum sentence for each count. Under the plea agreement, the government has agreed to recommend the lowest possible sentence.

Rhode Island Statehouse
Rhode Island Statehouse