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3 ARRESTED FOR FILING FALSE TAXES

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 —Three individuals were recently charged with felony forgery for filing false tax returns, according to the office of Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart.

   Arrested were:

Tanita Jackson, 29, of the 1700 block of Waseca Place, Chicago
Mark Porter, 21, of the 1200 block of 74th Street, Chicago
Devon Richardson, 24, of the 2600 block of West 83rd Place in Chicago

   Jackson was arrested after an investigation by Sheriff’s Police revealed she had filed a tax return using a fake W-2 form.  While personal information for Jackson was correct, the form listed a place of employment where she had never worked.  Jackson received $7,139 as a tax refund as a result of this filing.

   On five occasions, Jackson met undercover officers at tax preparation facility with a fake W-2 form. Those officers would then enter the facility, have taxes prepared using the W-2 and then request an advance on the tax return.  Officers would turn over a portion of the return to Jackson.

   During a subsequent search warrant executed on Jackson’s residence, tax documents with the names of Porter, Richardson, and others were found.

   Porter and Richardson, on separate occasions, filed tax returns using fake W-2 forms prepared by Jackson, which listed false places of employment.  Porter would have received $2,340, while Richardson’s $1,814, was intercepted by the Cook County Courts and paid towards a child support debt he owes.

   Jackson was charged with 5 counts of Felony Forgery and 1 count of Theft and received a $75,000 bond. Porter and Richardson were each charged with 1 count of Felony Forgery.  Porter received at $25,000 bond, while Richardson received a $5,000 bond.

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