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Woman files taxes, owner charged with putting refund in his account

Published April 26, 2012 7:45 am

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Prosecutors say a woman filed her taxes with a tax company hoping to get a timely return; she did — it just went into the company owner's bank account.

The 27-year-old man, who owns the tax company, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with theft, a second-degree felony, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court documents.

On Jan. 18, the woman filed her return electronically with Escritorio Publico, a company based in Midvale. She expected a federal return of about $8,000 and a state refund of almost $800 to be deposited in her bank account, documents state. When the refunds never appeared, she contacted the tax company. The owner of the company refused to give her copies of the paperwork he filed with the IRS, court records state.

She learned from the IRS her federal return was deposited into the owner's bank account on Jan. 27, and the state return was deposited into the owner's account on Feb. 6.

—Cimaron Neugebauer

cimaron@sltrib.com

Twitter: @CimCity