Dunkirk Man Filed Tax Returns Under Names of Over 120 Dead People

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM EDT

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WKBW) - A Dunkirk man admits to filing tax returns under the names of more than 120 dead people and pocketing the checks.

42-year-old John Berry pleaded guilty to making a false claim against the United States. Prosecutors say Berry used the information of people who died recently so the IRS wouldn't catch on.

Berry pocketed $92,000 in the scheme and faces up to five years in prison.