Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Illegal Aliens' ITIN Tax Fraud Scheme

It’s that time of the year when North Carolinians find out about tax fraud schemes perpetuated by illegal aliens. Last year, it was reported that the U.S. Treasury was issuing refunds for children living in other countries, or they were nonexistent.   This year they’re filing fake W2’s with fake ITIN’s.  The Carolina Journal reported the following:

RALEIGH — When a woman named Veronica tried to cash a federal income tax refund check for $8,113 April 5 at a Sampson County check-cashing business, instead of a handful of cash she was greeted by members of the Sampson County sheriff’s office who suspected that her tax refund was the result of a fraudulent tax return.

Deputies were acting on a tip that the IRS had issued the check to Veronica, who had used a fictitious identity and reported fictitious earnings on her individual income tax return. Carolina Journal independently confirmed that her refund claim was fraudulent.

They detained Veronica, seized the check, which had been issued March 22, and made a copy of the tax return and a driver’s license from Honduras that she used at the check cashing business to establish her identity.

The same day, deputies discovered that four men were attempting a similar scheme, cashing IRS refund checks using phony identities. Altogether, deputies intercepted five IRS checks totaling $34,380. Veronica and the four men had documents showing them to be from Honduras.

The deputies determined the suspects used forged identification cards. All five admitted they were in the country illegally. Some had been deported more than once. The deputies concluded also that the individuals had not engaged in identity theft but had instead created identities by making up names and tax identification numbers.
It gets better.  The sheriff released these illegal aliens because they didn’t break any local laws.  Yeah, that’s right.  They didn’t break any local laws.  Besides, what’s the sense in detaining them for the federal authorities?  The Obama administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws, and our attorney general believes American citizenship is a human right.  This country is going to hell in a hand basket.

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