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("Damn, We Lost Again!
And why is it
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The U.S. Postal Service has filed a complaint of false representation
against the "Revenue Resource Center" and is intercepting
mail going to its Boca Raton, Fla., address. The Revenue
Resource Center is the group or individual attempting to
rip off taxpayers by getting them to mail $12.95 -- add $2
for rush service -- to learn the amount of their tax rebate
and "to assure proper delivery" of their rebate
According to Lawrence E. Maxwell, the U.S. Postal Inspection
Service's inspector in charge of fraud, the Postal Service
filed the complaint and began holding up mail July 16. Taxpayers
who send the Revenue Resource Center money to learn information
that the IRS is providing for free will have their mail returned
to them by the Postal Service. In the meantime the Revenue
Resource Center, which has targeted taxpayers in at least
six states, has opened another private mailbox, this one
outside Boston. The U.S. Postal Service is amending its complaint
to include a false representation order against the second
address as well.
In July 19 testimony to the House Ways and Means Oversight
Subcommittee, which sought to publicize the scam, Maxwell
said the Postal Service complaint seeks penalties for violations
of the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000.
The new law allows for penalties based on the number of mailings;
penalties can range up to $1 million.
"I would call this the poster-boy fraud for that act," Maxwell
said, adding that "there could possibly be criminal
violations here." The subcommittee tipped off the Postal
Service about the scam and set in motion efforts to shut
down the operation and intercept mail going to the operation's
return address, Maxwell said. So far the U.S. Postal Service
has returned only a few handfuls of mail to taxpayers who
otherwise would have been ripped off, but it will take another
week or two to get a better sense of the number of taxpayers
who would have been taken by the scheme, he said.
The U.S. Postal Service knows who is holding the boxes for
the Revenue Resource Center, Maxwell told lawmakers. He said
he could not yet release the source name, as the investigation
is still ongoing. In the meantime the Postal Service has
received its first complaint about the operation from a taxpayer.
Maxwell congratulated lawmakers and the IRS for bringing
the problem to the Postal Service's attention.
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