Virginia Man Just Loves to File Tax Returns
Twenty-five year old Barry A. Johnson, of Virginia Beach, VA, has been accused of creating false tax returns. Lots of false tax returns.
At last count, Mr. Johnson has been found to have used the names and Social Security numbers of other people to file 174 tax returns (presumably in addition to his own, legitimate tax return), hoping to receive a total of $270,000 in tax refunds. The actual amount of refunds received by Mr. Johnson is approximately $40,000.
Mr. Johnson has been filing tax returns on behalf of others since 1998 and may face up to five years in prison if he is convicted.
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