Florida Woman Charged With Fraudulent Tax Return Scheme

Some people have the ability to think incredibly analytically, giving them the opportunity to achieve great things. However, that ability, when used illegally, can cause problems for not only one’s self, but for many other people. One in this situation should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are known and protected.

According to the Miami-Herald, Dorothy Boulin has been charged with stealing the identities of U.S. Marines and others in an effort to fraudulently obtain tax refund checks from the Internal Revenue Service. This scheme came after Boulin obtained a electronic IRS number normally issued to legitimate tax preparers, which she used to prepare multiple fraudulent tax returns.

Jacksonville Fraud and tax evasion crimes are tough cases in themselves because of the seriousness of the charges. When one is charged with fraud, one is typically charged with federal tax evasion. Most people think that someone who has been charged with federal tax evasion has to intentionally commit an act of fraud against the IRS. However, this is not entirely the case.

One can be charged with tax evasion for a number of reasons, including not filing one’s tax returns, owning a business and not collecting employment taxes, filing false information on one’s tax returns, falsifying tax related documents or any activity in general that is in any way evading of defeating the tax system.

The IRS not only realizes that the average citizen is not out to commit fraud against the IRS. However, the IRS is still vigilant and keeps tabs on citizens exhibiting certain financial characteristics, such as:

– failure to cooperate with taxing authorities
– engaging, concealing, or hiding illegal activities
– hiding assets
– understating income
– failing to file tax returns
– dealing in cash
In the case of Boulin, the IRS hit the jackpot on suspicious behavior. The IRS took advantage of an undercover informant and through that informant, obtained 100s of pictures of stolen social security cards and driver’s licenses. Because of this, Boulin will probably be charged with identity theft in addition to the fraud charges she is already facing.

When one has been charged with a crime such as this, one should obtain an experienced tax crimes attorney. One should not through their possible defenses to the wind. Without an experienced attorney, one could be mowed over by an overzealous prosecutor who wants nothing more than to help the government. Don’t let this happen to you too. If one is a suspect of fraud, one should get a defense; the best defense possible.

One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Miami woman charged with ID theft in tax-refund scam, Jay Weaver, The Miami-Herald

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