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Thursday, January 28, 2010

California Man Pleads Guilty to Filing 250 Tax Returns for Dead People, Claiming $2m in Refunds

From a Department of Justice press release:

Haroon Amin of Upland, Calif., pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the United States ...  In December 2008, Amin and Ather Ali of Diamond Bar, Calif., were indicted by a federal grand jury in Riverside, Calif., on charges of engaging in a scheme to file false returns with the IRS using the names and Social Security numbers of deceased individuals. Ali is scheduled to begin trial on March 2, 2010. According to the indictment, in 2002 and 2003 Amin and Ali filed at least 250 fraudulent tax returns, falsely stating that the deceased individuals earned wages from which income tax was withheld. These false returns claimed more than $2 million in income tax refunds. Although the IRS rejected the bulk of these refund claims, a number of refund checks were issued and delivered to addresses controlled by Amin, Ali and their co-conspirators, including to various mailboxes opened by Ali using false forms of identification. Most of these refund checks were then delivered overseas to be deposited in bank accounts in Armenia and Pakistan.

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Comments

I see. Dead people can't get refunds but they can vote for Democrats.

Posted by: Woody | Jan 29, 2010 8:12:46 AM

Did he save them money is the question.

Posted by: Sooroorey Ferou | Jan 29, 2010 3:07:02 PM

I also agree.. dead people can't get refunds but they can vote for Democrats.

Posted by: Tax Calculator 2010 | Feb 12, 2010 8:24:46 AM