posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 06:00 PM
Ok, I wasn't going to write about this, but I decided that people need to know whats going on. In short, our government has paid and will continue
to pay Billions of dollars in fradulent claims/tax filings each year.
I am an attorney living in Pennsylvania who represented several of these people and they had millions in their accounts after just one tax season.
Here's how it works: apparently the IRS does not verify W-2 and employee data until mid-summer at the earliest. The reason is that they do not want
to make taxpayers wait for their refunds. Anyway, my clients, most of whom are non-english speaking Dominicans, get lists of individuals and their
employers and prepare fake documents and file a tax return on their behalf. Many times these individuals were for residents of Puerto Rico because
there is no personal income tax in PR and thus, the people would never find out that a return had been filed in their name. The tax preparer is
usually their girlfriend or wife, and she receives a cut. A fake W-2 is also generated and sometimes even the person's identity is created. My
understanding is that the use of a tax preparer helps deflect suspicion. They use a different physical address for each 50 or so filings, careful not
to aruse too much suspicion because in some cases the postal carriers demanded to be brought on board to receive a cut. Within several weeks a check
from the IRS in an amount between $6000-$8000 is sent to each "taxpayer" (obviously they make sure that the return mandates a rebate). They then
take these checks to their cousin that owns a check-cashing facility and cashes all the checks. The check cashing facility has no worries because the
checks are government issued and they do receive a cut from 4-8% of each check. Sometimes a photocopy of fake ID is made so the check-cashing
facility can show that they required ID when cashing the check.
To give you an idea of how bad this problem became, there is no more zoning available for check-cashing facilities in almost all of the medium-sized
cities on the east coast (wilkes-berre, allentown, reading, in PA and trenton and camden in NJ). Ultimately, the FBI is now aware of this situation.
The only reason they are aware of the scam is because Wachovia and another bank alerted them to the huge amounts of deposits that were being made and
decided to freeze the account. I've seen accounts with over 20 million in them. Lots of times the account holder just leaves the country after one
tax year and returns to the Dominican Republic. To my knowledge no arrests have been made, perhaps because the FBI is attempting to get the lower
level players to agree to implicate the higher ups. I found the whole scam to be incredibly simple and shocking.
Attorney-client privilege prevents me from saying too much more, but my liason from the FBI told me that the total amount of money scammed over the
last four years is "easily in the billions". I found it disgusting that the IRS spends a lot of resources cracking down on business owners and
self-employed people while at the same time allowing this to go on. Common sense says that 100 people don't live at the same address while all
receiving a substantial refund. However, the FBI said the IRS is unlikely to change its policies in spite of this scam. In other words, this scam
can continue this year as well. He also said that this scam has been going on for well over a decade. That's our money people. Think about it.