Huge Tax Fraud Scheme Uncovered in So-Cal

Just when I said that multiple-filers were a thing of the past, something very similar turns up in the news . . .

Who: Owners and others affiliated with Old Quest Foundation, Inc. and De la Fuente and Ramirez and Associates (55 indicted in all)

Where: Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino County)

What: Most of the 55 indictments alleged conspiracy to defraud the United States

How: These groups arranged meetings during which they convinced taxpayers to buy into a scheme that involved claiming refunds to which they were supposedly entitled from a “secret government account.” Many of the people who were duped were required to pay fees to participate in the meetings, even bigger fees to sign up in the program, and then also a cut of the amount obtained from the false refund returns.

How Much: $5 million in refund checks were issued in error. The total dollar amount placed on this scheme is $250 million.

Common tax protestor arguments are listed here on the IRS website.

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