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Home  |  News  |  Financial Crimes Unit issues arrest warrants for 18 in Tax Scam – 10 arrested/8 sought

Financial Crimes Unit issues arrest warrants for 18 in Tax Scam – 10 arrested/8 sought
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today that the Department’s Financial Crimes Unit continues to fight crime and issue charges against people who would victimize our citizens and communities. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that investigators have been tirelessly looking into cases of fraudulent tax preparations that netted the criminals 2012 tax refunds ranging from $5000 to $9000.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that investigators found that an employee of M&M Tax Service, Quasheda Parker DOB 4-13-83 {AKA Quasheda V. Jacobs DOB 4-13-83} , who served in 2012 as a tax preparer at M&M Tax Service, recruited people she could falsify W-2 forms for; depicting these people making between $19,000 and $25,000 dollars during the year 2011. The Sheriff added that by doing this, people were able to receive a 2012 tax refund between $5,000 and $9,000 dollars. The Sheriff stated that investigators made contact with all the employers, listed on the fraudulent W-2 forms and obtained documentation from those businesses that verified these suspects did not work for that particular company. In some cases, the suspect did work for the company but their 2011 gross wage was far below what the counterfeit W-2 showed. Sheriff Leon Lott added that investigators have charged 18 people in connection with this case because they did present the false w-2 forms to M&M tax service as being a true document; filing a false report to the IRS.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that often this type of crime can fall between the cracks because the actual monetary loss is below the federal guidelines of prosecution. The Sheriff stated that it is important for the Sheriff’s Department to work these types of scams because it has a financial impact on the economy of the State of South Carolina and federal government. Sheriff Leon Lott added that the Sheriff’s Department will continue to build partnerships with local, state and federal agencies that can assist with these types of investigations –- as in this case where the United States Secret Service partnered with the Sheriff’s Department to bring these criminals to justice.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Department’s Financial Crimes Unit is taking a strong stance against those who would scam our citizens. The Sheriff stated he will continue to devote resources and expertise to focus on crimes such as forgery, fraud, identity theft, credit card scams, telephone scams, mail fraud scams and internet scams.

Sheriff Leon Lott added that there may be additional people who have been victimized by or who conspired with Parker. If anyone has been victimized by scammers you should contact law enforcement immediately – in Richland County you should call the Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at 803-576- 3063. If anyone has information on someone who has conspired with Parker you should call, email or text your anonymous tip to: Text “TIPSC plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the following people have been arrested or are being sought on forgery charges – attached are the photographs of six of the eight being sought (at time of release photographs of Scott and Benjamin were not available):

Arrested on Saturday 5/18/13:

Shamika Norris 5/16/82
Zoe Albert 6/1/90
Cassandra Samuels 12/2/82
Ashley White 3/19/91
Jamey Shiver 7/6/80
Lolitta M McMichael’s 12/30/77
Robin Norris 10/7/57
Kevin Kitt 5/15/81
Candace Brown 6/1/90

Arrested on Monday 5/20/13:

· Jimmy Dale Buckley 11/14/87

The following are being sought on forgery charges:

Jamie R Radden 12/7/89
Quasheda V parker 4/13/83 – 7 counts
Kevin Richardson 8/10/79
Lakeisha Y Norris 2/5/71
Stephen L Parker 2/5/71
Kiewan T Shiver 1/14/83
Tonya Scott 2/22/71
Aaron D Benjamin 10/4/69

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

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