Consumers looking to tax preparers for their filing purposes may want to think twice, as reports of fraudulent tax preparation services continue to surface.
A Gary, Indiana, company known as Quick Sam Tax Refund has been investigated, and four of its employees have been charged with 17 counts of alleged tax fraud.
According to the Post-Tribune, two of the four charged have pleaded guilty to manipulating income taxes by lying on federal returns.
Charles Standifer, 35, filed a false income of $11,939 and a false income credit of $4,430, while Rhonda Murphy, 35, filed a $19,218 false deduction claim in 2009. Both face one count each of assisting in filing a fake tax return.
Chanel Bandy, 33, of Merrillville, has been charged with nine counts of allegedly assisting in filing a fake tax return, and Brittney Walker-Lipsey, 30, of East Chicago, faces eight counts for allegedly doing the same.
According to the indictment, Walker-Lipsey made $92,186 from her alleged tax fraud, while Bandy made $112,763 from her alleged fraud.
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