In Ohio, three women were taken into custody and indicted on multiple counts of identity theft and tax fraud. The women, Karen Taylor, Laquanna Bradshaw and Tiffany Cole, were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to defraud the IRS with fraudulent tax returns. The identity theft victims are believed to be mentally disabled adults.
How did the tax fraud scam work? According to authorities, the victim’ personal identifying information (PII)as stolen by Taylor while she was cleaning offices. After she obtained the PII, she provided the information to Cole and Bradshaw who then filed fraudulent tax returns.
Victims of tax fraud generally do not find out about the crime unless their tax return is rejected, or they receive a tax deficiency letter from the IRS. Others learn about the tax fraud after they have reviewed their credit report from Experian, Equifax or Trans Union and discover a tax lien.
You can help protect yourself from tax fraud by protecting your personal identifying information. You can detect tax fraud by requesting your free credit report from Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. If you have requested your credit report and discovered incorrect tax liens or accounts that do not belong to you then you may be a victim of tax fraud or identity theft. Contact us 24/7 at 1-800-263-9091 and ask attorney Micah Adkins for a free consultation.