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Victims Surprised To Learn
They Were SIRF Targets

Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington

Original Article

Posted By:rivlax, 4/30/2013 11:05:36 AM

The victims of stolen-identity tax refund fraud are real people, not just statistics. Two of them, whose names came up in a Carolina Journal investigation into tax refund fraud, are Jody A. Freed, of Slatington, Pa., and Evan Russell, who lives in Raleigh. CJ´s investigation of SIRF originated from a tip from a Durham retiree who discovered that the mailbox at his home was being used as a drop site for a tax fraud scheme. [SNIP] The reporting has unearthed refunds from the federal government and from revenue departments in several states, including North Carolina.

      


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Posted By: rivlax- 7/16/2013 12:26:54 PM     Post Reply
North Carolina psychologist John Rosemond’s popular parenting advice column has been syndicated in more than 200 newspapers across the country since 1976, but soon it may disappear from all newspapers in the state of Kentucky. In May, Kentucky’s attorney general sent Rosemond a letter asking that he “cease and desist” publishing his Dear-Abby-style advice column in the state, saying that doing so constituted the unlicensed “practice of psychology,” a crime punishable by $500 per offense and up to 6 months in jail.

   

 

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Feds Unwilling or Unable
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Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 7/11/2013 10:48:42 AM     Post Reply
A Long Island, N.Y., woman has spent nearly two years trying to convince the Internal Revenue Service and the U. S. Postal Service that persons with Hispanic-sounding surnames using her address to obtain tax refunds from the IRS are part of a fraud scheme. She has not found a government agency that will stop the phony tax refunds from arriving in her mailbox. Instead, federal and state authorities pass the buck. The checks, including some offering payment for Hurricane Sandy “relief” to people who may not exist, keep coming.

IRS: Women Filed $1.4 Million
in False Returns
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 5/31/2013 7:53:44 AM     Post Reply
Clinton residents Angela Christina Lainez-Flores and her daughter Karen Mejia filed fraudulent federal tax returns for refunds totaling $1.4 million from tax years 2006 through 2012, IRS special agent Bennett Strickland stated Thursday at a probable cause hearing in a Raleigh federal courtroom. This type of crime often is referred to as Stolen Identity Refund Fraud, or SIRF, and the IRS has described it as the No. 1 tax fraud scheme for 2013.

Illegal Immigrants Try
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Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 5/1/2013 8:04:43 AM     Post Reply
When a woman named Veronica tried to cash a federal income tax refund check for $8,113 April 5 at a Sampson County check-cashing business, instead of a handful of cash she was greeted by members of the Sampson County sheriff’s office who suspected that her tax refund was the result of a fraudulent tax return. [SNIP] They detained Veronica, seized the check, which had been issued March 22, and made a copy of the tax return and a driver’s license from Honduras that she used at the check cashing business to establish her identity.

Independent Brewer Wants
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Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Barry Smith    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 4/30/2013 12:32:20 PM     Post Reply
Bill Sherrill feels like he has an uphill battle in an effort to continue self-distributing the beer he brews at Red Oak Brewery in Guilford County. He chooses to hire people to distribute his beer instead of going through a distributor. But under current state law, that option would not be available to him once he tops 25,000 barrels of beer per year. [SNIP] Sherrill believes he’s fighting against a powerful lobbying group in the N.C. Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. He’s tried to get the cap raised in past years, but his efforts have gotten nowhere.

Victims Surprised To Learn
They Were SIRF Targets
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 4/30/2013 11:05:36 AM     Post Reply
The victims of stolen-identity tax refund fraud are real people, not just statistics. Two of them, whose names came up in a Carolina Journal investigation into tax refund fraud, are Jody A. Freed, of Slatington, Pa., and Evan Russell, who lives in Raleigh. CJ´s investigation of SIRF originated from a tip from a Durham retiree who discovered that the mailbox at his home was being used as a drop site for a tax fraud scheme. [SNIP] The reporting has unearthed refunds from the federal government and from revenue departments in several states, including North Carolina.

   

 

  


 
Stolen Identity Tax Refund
Fraud Widespread
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 4/29/2013 8:59:26 AM     Post Reply
A stolen-identity tax refund scheme uncovered by a Durham retiree in March apparently is so widespread that one federal official has described it as the “No. 1 tax scam for 2013.” [SNIP] In short, criminals file fake tax returns in the name of a taxpayer, but do it before the real taxpayer gets around to it. Then, the IRS, in an effort to provide good service, sends a refund check to the criminal before it learns from employers if the refund actually is warranted.

Voting Drives In State
Hospitals Will Continue
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 1/2/2013 11:00:35 AM     Post Reply
The director of state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said his department will continue to offer annual voter registration and voting assistance for patients and residents. He also said that while efforts are made to notify patients’ guardians about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians. [SNIP] The laws and rules governing voting by mentally challenged individuals remain murky, and it’s unclear whether state employees who assisted disabled patients and residents to cast ballots at early voting sites were complying with the law.
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N.C. Mountain Man Fights
To Preserve Old Ways
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 12/17/2012 8:14:33 AM     Post Reply
Watauga County mountain man Eustace Conway’s passion for teaching primitive living came to a sudden halt in October when local government officials shut down his operation, citing safety and health concerns. [snip] But he also has become entangled in a maze of modern-day rules and codes that both make no sense and cannot be applied consistently within the primitive environment he is working to preserve.

Group Home Staff
Helped Patients Vote
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 12/3/2012 8:12:14 AM     Post Reply
Cecil Pearson’s daughter Darlene told him she voted for Barack Obama for president. President of what? Cecil says Darlene couldn’t tell you. Darlene, 40, is developmentally disabled and functions cognitively at about the level of a 7-year old. She lives in a group home with five other adult women in Roanoke Rapids. “I was shocked when I learned she had voted,” Pearson told Carolina Journal. “She has never voted. My wife and I became her legal guardians in 1996 to prevent exploitation like this.

Chapel Hill Killer
Registered At and Voted
From Mental Hospital
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 11/2/2012 7:39:59 AM     Post Reply
Recent stepped-up voter registration efforts at state mental hospitals and facilities for the developmentally disabled resulted in the registration of Wendell Justin Williamson, who in 1995 killed two people in Chapel Hill and was judged not guilty by reason of insanity. Election records show Williamson, a patient at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, was registered on Sept. 13 as an unaffiliated voter. He cast an absentee ballot that was accepted Oct. 15 by the Granville County Board of Elections.

   

 

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Mental Hospital Voter Sign-Up Questioned
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 10/26/2012 8:00:41 AM     Post Reply
Cherry Hospital, a state-run adult inpatient psychiatric facility in Goldsboro, welcomed a federally funded nonprofit organization to conduct a voter registration drive of mental patients, likely a violation of state law. Moreover, a memo from a hospital administrator indicated the nonprofit, Disability Rights North Carolina, assisted patients in completing absentee ballots, which may have been illegal as well. Records from the Wayne County Board of Elections obtained by Carolina Journal show 34 persons using Cherry Hospital’s address — 201 Stevens Mill Road in Goldsboro — are registered to vote.



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