Alaska Authorities Sniff Out Tax Scammers
By Ken Berry
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This drug investigation soon snowballed into a multimillion dollar tax case. Neither Loeffler nor any of the other authorities would comment on how the tax scheme was discovered, but this much is known: To cash the checks or receive electronic deposits, the defendants had to obtain false identifications and set up bogus bank accounts. They allegedly used the information from their stolen identities to apply for the bank accounts, motor vehicle ID cards, and, on at least one occasion, a passport. The prosecutors say that the official at Wells Fargo, Hilda Josephine Hernandez McMullen, helped create bank accounts for the fake identities.
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