A Largo man is facing felony theft charges after deputies say he stole over $300,000 from individuals who hired him to file their taxes.
According to authorities, the 72-year-old man had been filing taxes on behalf of others for several years before the alleged fraud was uncovered. Despite being given money by those individuals to cover taxes they owed, investigators say he pocketed the money instead.
Deputies say the man was recently confronted regarding the situation, but he offered a series of excuses for failing to pay the individuals’ taxes on their behalf. When victims demanded proof that he filed their taxes, he was allegedly unable to provide it.
Though one individual was reimbursed about $37,000, deputies say none of the other victims have yet to receive any of their money back. Further, a subpoena of his business records by investigators allegedly bolster the claims of his victims, showing he took over a quarter million dollars from just one of the victims.
The Missouri native was arrested last Thursday and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of scheming to defraud and one count of grand theft. He was released early the next day upon posting a surety bond of $100,000.
Local media says that this is not the first time he has been accused of theft. They cite state records showing a grand theft charge in 1983 that involved the alleged theft of $15,000 in jewelry, charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen goods, and fraud three years later, and an arrest for grand theft in 2004.
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