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US Indicts 7 From Zimbabwe in Tax Fraud Case

  • VOA News

The United States has indicted seven men from Zimbabwe on charges of filing hundreds of false U.S. income tax returns, netting them up to $10 million in illegal refunds.

Prosecutors in the midwestern city of Cincinnati say the seven operated a storefront tax preparation service and used the names and information from hundreds of customers to send in fake returns.

The suspects allegedly bought cars, trucks, expensive computers and watches with the refunds and sent them to family members in Zimbabwe.

Only one of the suspects is in federal custody. One is still in Cincinnati and has been ordered to appear in court next week, while the other five are believed to have fled the U.S.