Man accused of using children’s identities in tax fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors allege a 52-year-old Kansas City man used his children's identities in a nearly $2.6 million tax fraud scheme.

Michael Kheop was indicted by a grand jury on three charges of making false claims, two counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

The indictment was made public Wednesday after Kheop was arrested.

The indictment alleges Kheop filed false claims for income tax returns in his own and his children's names from 2014 through 2018. Prosecutors say Kheop created a fictitious business called Al-Aleem Engineering in February 2013. He then allegedly created W-2 forms containing false income and withholding under his and his children's names.

Online court records do not show an attorney for Kheop.

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