Two Linked to Nearly 500 Cases of Tax Fraud

Two men were arrested in DeKalb Friday morning in what authorities call one of the largest tax fraud investigations in state history.

35-year-old Don Derrell Price of Jackson, Miss., and Timothy Benjamin Taylor, 41, of Dacula, Georgia, were arrested just after 8 a.m. at a business in DeKalb.

The pair is alleged to have used fake W-2 forms to file income tax returns for hundreds of people. They allegedly had paperwork, that turned out to be bogus, giving them power of attorney to act on behalf of these people.

Simply put, IRS and FBI officials say the two were filing for tax refunds on behalf of numerous people, from whom they stole identities, and defrauding the government by claiming refunds.

Price and Taylor were arrested in a sting operation at C & T Tax Service in DeKalb. Officials say the business is not involved in any wrongdoing and actually contacted authorities about irregularities employees noticed.

"All banks that are connected with income tax preparation, they knew everything about it," said Chris Chamberlin, owner of C & T Tax Service.

"He came in here and brought over 500 W-2 tax forms trying to process them with over 242 different people's names," said DeKalb Police Chief Steven Jackson.

DeKalb Officer Charles Barrett also received a call from one of the alleged defrauded individuals from Birmingham.

"He called and said he tried to file his income tax electronically. The IRS notified him that the taxes had already been filed on his Social Security number," said Barrett.

That's when DeKalb police contacted the FBI and IRS, and ultimately, planned the sting operation for when one of the suspects was returning to the tax service to collect about $70,000 in tax refunds.

Aside from the more than 140 fake W-2s that were discovered inside the suspects' car, investigators also found items in it that were thought to be used for burglaries, a number of keys, stamps to notarize documents and a check for more than $2 million.

"There's no telling how much bigger this is going to get before it's all over with," Barrett said.

Investigators say they believe the fraud has likely been going on for at least ten years and involves millions of dollars in stolen tax refunds.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Bishop Chamberlin you are an very ambitious young man. You work hard at all you do,but as usual Satan is always on your trail, as it goes another year of business the haters has came out against you again...We your family love and support you...Proverbs 28:7 says whosoever keepeth the law is a wise son. Apostle B. Chamberlin Anderson, IN
  • by BYRON Location: GEORGIA on Feb 15, 2010 at 09:34 AM
  • by concerned Location: kemper county on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:03 PM
    this is to morgan taylor, i agree with you that God will see us through this. keep your head up and don't lock into what people are saying about the situation because it's only their opinion. i think we need to pray for everybody that was involved because everybody got hurt behind it even the owner. Pray for peace and God's favor. it is not the end. God has the last say so.
  • by dudley Location: meridian on Feb 3, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    det. merchant, all chief or anyone for that matter needs to do is go behind police station and look. its not that hard to find a bookie over there because so many in one location. throughout town they are spread out a bit more. the torch lounge on hwy 11 is a personal favorite. that's where i saw the task force agent sitting at end of bar with task force jacket on. lady behind bar told me he was part owner and not to worry about him being there. i was concerned about placing a bet with a cop sitting so close. so the agent owning the place is something she could have made up, i'll give you that. and before you jump on the chance to point out that i was placing a bet, i admit i'm a hypocrit. i was simply making a point of the illegal activity happening so close to police department. tons of tax free money being made and no arrests. maybe they are left alone to keep worse criminals out, i don't know. sorry for stepping on toes. i honestly think your guys on task force do good work karl.
  • by Leah Location: Lauderdale Co. on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    I'm sorry but how can anyone be stupid enough to try and rip off the government....especially the IRS?! I think of the old saying "it takes one to know one" and the IRS are thieving and crooked themselves.
  • by average guy on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    Why don't you guys pray for the families that got CHEATED out of all this money instead of these "poor innocent victims" that are in jail??????
  • by Eubanks Location: McComb, MS on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:26 PM
    Ben you have been and always will be my friend. You and your family are in my prayers
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:01 PM
    To Jerome...Sorry, but you can hope all you want, but Taylor has a family who strongly trust and believes in God and we know that God will see us through this battle. Thank you, Morgan TAYLOR
  • by Jerome Location: Dekalb on Jan 31, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    I hope these guys spend their last years in jail. I hate liars and cheats!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    lets not be so quick to judge others only God has the final word everyone is posting comments trying to degrade C&T services and the Bishop and others are making statements about the two men that was involved thats our biggest problem we are always so quick to judge others just stop and think this could have been you or one of your family members that could have been involved with this be careful what you say about others because the lord will allow something to affect your life to shake you up and open your eyes we need to pray for both sides as if it was a member of our very own family next time it very well could be
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