From the man to the tax preparer and why is the ACUL filing a lawsuit because of this ?After authorities investigated thousands of tax files for bogus Social Security numbers used by illegals to steal refunds, the ACLU responded with a class-action lawsuit – but now a Colorado district attorney is fighting back.
The Weld County district attorney, sheriff’s office and the Greeley Police Department launched "Operation Number Games" in August last year. They investigated 5,000 tax files after one suspect, Servando Trejo, filed taxes through Amalia’s Translation and Tax Service, the Rocky Mountain News reported.
The man admitted using a fake name and Social Security number to Amalia Cerrillo, his tax preparer. He was linked to a Texas man who reported his Social Security number had been stolen.
"I’m not here to judge them," Cerrillo told the Los Angeles Times last year. "If they need to file taxes, then I help them file taxes."
In October, authorities served a warrant to search files at the tax company. They were looking for people who filed for returns using identification belonging to other Americans. Of the 5,000 documents they searched, they found 1,300 cases of possible Social Security fraud.
"Obviously, the federal government isn’t doing their job, and it’s falling to local agencies to do it," Weld County Sheriff John Cooke told the Times.
Officials said the average tax return they investigated reported workers paying as little as 0 in taxes, claiming numerous exemptions and credits and receiving refunds of more than ,000.