This is the type of tax case that probably won't be heard very sympathetically by a judge or jury, if it ever goes to trial. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, a couple from the Pennsylvania town of Chester Springs was recently charged by the feds with identity theft and tax fraud. To quote the grisly details from the story:
“According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rafael Henriquez Polanco, 30, and his wife Yanira Lopez, 27, allegedly obtained the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of patients of Community Hospital in Chester, Pa., and Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., by paying employees of the hospitals to steal confidential medical forms. The couple then allegedly used the stolen identities to file fraudulent individual income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service claiming fraudulent refunds.”
As is par for the course in these types of schemes, the feds say that Polanco and Lopez opened numerous bank accounts in order to have a place to deposit their ill-gotten refunds—and also asked friends to open accounts, presumably in return for a cut of the proceeds. In the course of two and a half years, the government says, the couple obtained more than $250,000 in fraudulent refunds, not a bad return for the $1.7 million in claims they actually filed. Making matters even worse, Polanco is an illegal alien from the Dominican Republic and was charged separately with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.
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