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Wednesday July 25, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Woman Who Falsely Claimed $2.1 Million Tax Refund Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years

LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Woman Who Falsely Claimed $2.1 Million Tax Refund Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years

Photo: LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Krystle Marie Reyes Falsely Claimed $2.1 Million Tax Refund

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UPDATE:

On Tuesday, Krystle Marie Reyes, 25, pled guilty to duping the state of Oregon out of millions by falsely claiming a large tax refund.

After pleading guilty to one felony count of tax evasion and three counts of felony fraud, Reyes was sentenced to 5 1/2 years.

Reyes’ attorney Gale Rieder said her client is “remorseful and saddened by the impact on her family,” but that she “wanted to take responsibility for what she did.”

Had she not lost the debit card linked to the large refund and reported it lost, Reyes may have actually gotten away with it.

Lesson: Always keep track of your cards. Oh, and don’t try to fraud the government.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

An Oregon woman may have gotten away with falsely claiming a $2.1 million tax refund had she not lost the debit card that gave her access to it.

Krystle Marie Reyes of Salem was arrested last week after is was discovered she used Turbo Tax to claim she made $3 million last year. She was ultimately refunded $2.1 million even after her taxes were filed and reviewed by the Oregon Revenue Department. Reyes was then sent a Visa debit card containing the $2.1 million balance.

According to the affidavit, Reyes used Turbo Tax to file a fraudulent 201 Oregon personal income tax return on January 31. She falsified both her wages and her employer information. The fraudulent return was approved, however, and Reyes was sent the Visa debit card.

In the time between when she received the card and when she was arrested, Reyes had spent more than $150,000. Interestingly, the 25-year-old bought a relatively older vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Caravan. She paid just $2,000 for it and spent another $800 on tires and wheels.

In the end, Reyes was caught when she lost the debit card and sent a request for another.

Reyes was released from Marion County jail, but has been charged with aggravated theft and computer crime. She is due in court on July 5th.