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Woman scams a $2.1 million tax refund - Oregon's Biggest Tax Frauds Ever

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Published on Jun 11, 2012

An Oregon woman is on the hook for what Internal Revenue Service investigators are calling one of the largest cases of tax fraud in the state's history.

Krystle Marie Reyes, of Salem, Ore. allegedly weaseled more than $2 million from the state by filing a false return using automated TurboTax software, according to a police report obtained by Oregon Live.

Reyes, 25, reported $3 million in wages and claimed $2.1 million in returns, which worked its way through TurboTax's system and was approved by the state. Soon enough, a Visa debit card loaded with the refund was in her hands.

What's bizarre about the situation is how Reyes was caught. She reported the card as lost or stolen to the issuer, which apparently saw enough red flags to get the state's revenue service on the case.

When Reyes was taken into custody June 6, she'd managed to spend about $150,000 over a two-month period, including a $2,000 Dodge Caravan and more than $800 in tires and wheels, according to the police report.

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