Fairfax County Police have arrested a Fairfax woman and charged her with fraud for allegedly submitting false tax return documents in clients' names and pocketing money from their refunds.
According to a news release from FCPD, an investigation into Thuy Tien Le, 40, began in early July of this year when the police department received a report from some local residents who said that Le, owner of the Fairfax tax preparation company T2 Advantage LLC, had prepared their income taxes and some red flags had been raised about her work.
The victims told police they had been given prepared income tax return documents from Le, which informed them of exactly how much they could expect to receive from their federal and state refunds.
Shortly thereafter, the victims were in the process of refinancing their mortgage and discovered that the tax documents the mortgage company obtained from the Internal Revenue Service were different than the ones Le provided to them.
Detectives, working with special agents of the IRS, determined that Le was allegedly altering the tax documents prior to submitting them to the IRS, increasing the amount of the refunds and having those proceeds electronically deposited into a separate bank account that was not the victims'.
Le was arrested on Tuesday at her home in the 12000 block of Madeley Court in the county part of Fairfax. She was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with one count of money laundering, one count of obtaining money by false pretense, and two counts of identity theft with intent to defraud.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. Detectives would like to hear from anyone who believes they might have been a victim of this type of fraud.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), by e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). You can also call Fairfax County Police directly at 703-691-2131.