DRS: Connecticut Tax Department Stops Million Dollar Fraud Attempt

Connecticut Tax Department Stops Million Dollar Fraud Attempt

 
Pair charged with filing false return, conspiracy to commit larceny

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                          Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 

Hartford – Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin B. Sullivan said the agency foiled an attempt to steal more than $1 million from the state. Two individuals have been charged with attempted first-degree larceny.

 

Said Commissioner Sullivan, “In Connecticut, we have zero tolerance for tax fraud.  Every day, we strengthen our ability to detect and deter or prosecute these criminals.  Already this year, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has now prevented more than $10 million in fraudulent refunds from getting into the hand of criminals. The tax thieves are getting more sophisticated, but so are we.”

 

DRS agents arrested Orlando Ramos and Katherine Fernandez for the attempted theft. Both are scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on July 2.

 

Ramos, 23, Hartford, was charged with one count of Filing a False Income Tax Return, one count of Computer Crime in the First Degree, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and one count of Attempted Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community. He was released on a $100,000 surety bond.

 

Fernandez, 27, Newington, was charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and one count of Attempted Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community. She was released on a $50,000 surety bond.

 

Said Sullivan, “Those who would commit tax fraud should think twice. We will find you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you.”

 

Media calls should be directed to the communications office at (860)297-5610 or emailed to sarah.kaufman@po.state.ct.us.

 

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