Dec. 2, 2014

Woman Swindled IRS $7.2 million

Apparently, the landscaping and cleaning business that Linda Avila ran didn’t make enough money for her tastes so she claimed she had more children than the Duggar family. The resident of Parksley, Virginia, admitted she stole the identity of illegal immigrant children and filed 1,700 tax returns to swindle the IRS out of $7.2 million. Watchdog.org reports, “Investigators found copies of refund checks in amounts from $4,000 to more than $7,000. The tax returns frequently cited foreign dependents, which increased the refund amounts. Avila had the refunds mailed to various post office boxes on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware, according to court records. The workers cashed the checks and turned over most of the money to Avila, keeping a small fee for themselves.” Previously, Watchdog reported the IRS gave $4.2 billion to illegal immigrants under the Additional Child Tax Credit, a program high on payouts, but low on accountability for people filing for the money. More…

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