ID theft suspect accused of 66 fake tax returns

ID theft suspect accused of 66 fake tax returns

ID theft suspect accused of 66 fake tax returns

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 7:49 PM

PORTLAND -- A Portland man is accused of filing 66 false tax claims, and asking for $300,000 in refunds, the U.S. Dept. of Justice announced.

According to a 26-count indictment, Ricky Lee Greenwood provided the Internal Revenue Service with false wage statements and fictitious dependent information.

"Greenwood is alleged to have obtained the names and Social Security numbers of unemployed individuals in order to file fraudulent tax returns in their names." the DOJ statement read. "According to the indictment, Greenwood also obtained the Social Security numbers of children and claimed them on the tax returns of unrelated individuals to maximize refundable credits and further inflate the fraudulent refunds."

He was charged with aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and filing false claims for tax refunds. He made his first court appearance Wednesday.

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