Fraud Friday: An extra fee to use stolen names - Spidell

Fraud Friday: An extra fee to use stolen names


A tax preparer from the Bronx was sentenced to two years in prison for engaging in numerous filing schemes, one of which involved charging her clients an extra fee to use stolen names and ID numbers as false dependents. She recycled those same names and ID numbers for various returns over a four-year period. She also used stolen personal information to file returns that generated refunds, which she collected. (U.S. v. Bayuo (June 17, 2020) U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Case No. 19-1854)

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