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Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing $1.4 Million Tax Refund Check From Billionaire

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LOS ANGELES (CBS)  — A man charged with stealing a nearly $1.4-million tax refund check for Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren pleaded guilty Monday, according to court documents.

Moundir Kamil pleaded guilty to bank fraud, according to federal court records.

Kamil obtained a tax refund check for $1,389,524.61 made out to the billionaire Bren, according to court records filed by prosecutors. Forbes lists Bren, who is worth $12 billion, as the 64th richest man in the world and 24th richest in the United States.

Kamil used Bren’s personal information to open an account at an East West Bank branch in February 2010 and deposited the check, according to prosecutors.

Between February and April 2010 Kamil transferred or withdrew about $1.1 million from the phony bank account and transferred it to bank accounts in other names, according to prosecutors.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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