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Tax Time, Tax Fraud Time!?!

1040 It’s that time of year again. Either you own Uncle Sam money, or not; or you get a refund sounds simple and it is unless you are trying to beat Uncle Same out of its share of your hard-earned money.  As much as we would all like to disband that part of the government, it is a necessary for our country and as American we all have to put some funds in the pot for it to work, it’s for the common good! There are many out there however, who do not share that spirit of giving up their fair share and usually they end up in the situation as our diva today.

The CrimeDivas today is, Melanie Ferreira, 61, who was found guilty on all  four-counts indictment that involved a series of frauds, which included cheating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of nearly half-a-million dollars and perpetrating a bank fraud scheme. The verdict came following a seven-day jury trial in White Plains Federal Court before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel.

According to the indictment and the evidence at trial:

On October 15, 2009, Ferreira filed a U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, for the year 2008 (2008 return). In her 2008 return, she falsely reported interest income of $661,600 from three different banks. She then falsely claimed that she had paid taxes in the amount of $661,536 to the IRS for tax year 2008. On that basis, she claimed a refund of $440,924. In reality, she actually earned only $17 in interest income in 2008. Further, contrary to her claim on her 2008 return that she had already paid $661,536 in federal taxes, she actually paid only $236.

On October 23, 2009, the IRS wired $440,924 to Ferreira’s bank account. That same day, Ferreira wired $44,100 to the individual listed on her tax return as her “tax preparer” and $88,172 to the individual who introduced her to the tax preparer.

The following spring, on April 15, 2010, Ferreira tried to carry out the same type of scheme—requesting of a refund of over $332,033—when she filed her Form 1040 for the year 2009, but this time, the IRS rejected her refund request. Thereafter, when the IRS notified Ferreira that she was required to pay back the $440,924 plus interest and penalties, Ferreira sent the IRS a series of incomprehensible documents and a worthless check for $759,033.05 written on a closed account.

In addition, Ferreira also perpetrated a bank fraud scheme against the Bank of America (BOA), which was the bank that held the mortgage for her house in Dutchess County, New York (house 1). In May 2010, she caused a forged cashier’s check for $316,966.05, purporting to be drawn on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio (check 1), to be sent to BOA in satisfaction of the mortgage on house 1. Believing that check 1 was legitimate, BOA filed a satisfaction of mortgage. BOA subsequently determined that check 1 was fraudulent and filed suit in New York State Supreme Court in order to have the mortgage reinstated. On June 2, 2012, Ferreira sent a personal check in the amount of $305,000 (check 2) to BOA, purporting, again, to pay off the balance of her mortgage. On the memo line of check 2, Ferreira wrote, in red ink, “FOR DISCHARGE OF DEBT EFT ONLY.” Check 2 was written on a bank account that had been closed two years before.

As reflected in papers filed in court, Ferreira’s schemes—sometimes known as a 1099-OID scheme and an electronic funds transfer or “EFT” scheme—are schemes often used by adherents to the Sovereign Citizens Movement, a group composed of individuals who, although they reside in the United States, assert the position that they do not have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, or law enforcement.

Ferreira faces a maximum sentence of 58 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss from the offense. Judge Seibel set a sentencing date of May 20, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Ferreira lived in Lagrangeville, New York, until her conviction today. Judge Seibel remanded her following the conviction. You all know what remanded mean, they sent her back to jail.

I can’t say this enough, “You cannot pay around with the IRS and the money they are due.” You are going to do sometime and if you made them take it to trial you are going to get the books thrown at you.

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