Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

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Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Judge Roy Bean » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:46 pm

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/financial-crime-politics/2011/apr/15/ex-irs-agent-turned-tax-preparer-nailed-for-launde/

Steven Martinez, a former Internal Revenue Service agent who has been running a tax preparation business, was arrested today (April 15) and charged with 49 counts including mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, making false tax returns, and money laundering. The indictment charges Martinez with stealing more than $11 million in tax payments that should have been sent to the IRS.
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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby David Merrill » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:50 pm

You have to be careful out there. This guy is a banker with a Tax Preparation License!!

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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Pottapaug1938 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:05 pm

David Merrill wrote:You have to be careful out there. This guy is a banker with a Tax Preparation License!!

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David, in all my years working in the financial sector, I have seen quite a few people like this who have absolutely no business handling other people's business or money. Often, they are insurance agents whose license allows them to give financial advice, trade in mutual funds, and the like; but what they do to people borders on the criminal -- and sometimes crosses the line. Most financial planners are good -- the one my wife uses is excellent; but some out there will take you for all you're worth. I hope that the feds nail this guy, and good.
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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby David Merrill » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:28 pm

[off-topic gibberish removed]

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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Thule » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:18 pm

David Merrill wrote:Because this Note:


Please stay on topic, David.
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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Pottapaug1938 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:20 pm

I think that this is more a case of an IRS agent "going off the rails", so to speak. He isn't the first, and he won't be the last.
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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Thule » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:25 pm

From the article;

The indictment charges Martinez with stealing more than $11 million in tax payments that should have been sent to the IRS. Martinez would present his clients with completed tax returns and then persuade them to write checks payable to a trust account rather than to the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board.


Seriously. How did Martinez think he could get a way with that scheme?
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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Nikki » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:01 pm

Probably long enough for him to park the money in some safe off-shore haven and then follow it there.

But, he got too greedy and didn't move fast enough.

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Re: Irony meter test - 4/15 - tax preparer arrested

Postby Judge Roy Bean » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:15 pm

Nikki wrote:Probably long enough for him to park the money in some safe off-shore haven and then follow it there.

But, he got too greedy and didn't move fast enough.


I think that's typical of con artists.
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