Sunday, July 27 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:57:03 GMT
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Two Toledo tax service store managers have been indicted on federal fraud charges related to tax returns they prepared in 2011.
Adonay Mehreteab, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Miranda Parr, 32, of Heath, Ohio, are charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and making false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims to the Internal Revenue Service for tax year 2011. Parr also faces a charge of aggravated identity theft.
The Department of Justice says the two filed at least 114 false or fraudulent tax returns for 2011, resulting in a total return of $700,974 and a loss to the government of $265,510.
The DOJ says Mehreetab owned and operated two Instant Tax Service franchise offices in Toledo, one on Monroe Street and the other on Airport Highway. Mehreteab and Parr managed the offices, according to the indictment.
According to United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach, the stores offered loans of up to $1,000 near the end of 2011. In order to get the loan, customers would have to turn over their name, Social Security number, address, pay stub, names of dependants and their Social Security numbers. The indictment alleges Mehreetab and Parr prepared correct returns when the client was present but later added false items to the return, such as false wages or incorrect dependants, to increase the refund amount. They also added false credits and deductions without verification and, in some instances, without authorization, according to the indictment.
The DOJ also claims the businesses would charge exorbitant fees, typically $500 to $1,000 without informing client the fees would be deducted from his or her tax return.
"These defendants preyed upon clients who were in some cases desperate and in other cases not financially experienced," Dettelbach said. "We will continue to work with the IRS to prosecute those who would abuse tax laws."
Mugshots of wanted criminals listed as "Fugitive of the Week." Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive is encouraged to contact their local authorities. More >
Mugshots of wanted criminals listed as "Fugitive of the Week." Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive is encouraged to contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or local police department. More >
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:27 GMT
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A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >
Sunday, July 27 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:19:04 GMT
NWS: Macroburst hit north Phoenix with 100 mph winds
A macroburst with winds in excess of 100 mph hit north Phoenix Saturday night, snapping power poles, toppling trees and cutting power to 33,000 utility customers, the National Weather Service said.More >
Intense macrobursts can cause tornado-force damage of up to F3 intensity, the National Weather Service said after it confirmed the event. The Paradise Valley Hospital sustained rooftop damage.More >