Suspect in Tax Fraud Makes Court Appearance

One of two men charged with tax fraud and identity theft in Kemper County made his initial appearances in court Monday.

35-year-old Don Darrell Price of Jackson and 41-year-old Timothy Benjamin Taylor of Dacula, Georgia, face charges related to attempts to file close to 500 fake W-2 forms for individuals for whom they presented bogus powers of attorney.

They were arrested after a sting operation that involved DeKalb police, the FBI and IRS.

"I apologize for what I did," said Price, when asked if he had anything to say as he was led into DeKalb Municipal Court just before noon.

Price was the only one of the two suspects to go before a judge Monday. The other suspect was in the hospital.

"He had extremely high blood pressure and it was advised by our nursing staff that we needed to transport him to a hospital," said Kemper County Sheriff James Moore. "And right now he's at a hospital with blood pressure problems. He's still in custody 24-7, with an armed guard."

Moore says Taylor was transported to a local hospital over the weekend. Once released, he will also make an initial appearance in DeKalb Municipal Court.

Both Taylor and Price are facing charges in what investigators call an elaborate tax fraud operation which, over the years, bilked unsuspecting taxpayers and the government out of almost $4 million.

"The FBI and IRS Criminal Investigations Unit are still investigating and there should be more future arrests," said DeKalb Police Chief Steven Jackson. "But at this time there haven't been any other arrests at this time."

A municipal judge informed Price during his initial appearance that he must remain in jail on hold for numerous federal charges that he is facing.

Cases against both are expected to be presented to a Kemper County grand jury in April.

A preliminary investigation indicated the alleged scam tool place over a period of ten years in at least four states.

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  • by Woowwww!!!! Location: Atlanta on Feb 9, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    This is crazy. One of my closest friend was victim to this crazy. He tried to file his taxes and they were rejected b/c these fools had already submitted a fake return. And yes, I agrees with you all. The owner had to have known about this. How can one person come and file that many returns while claiming "power of attorney". Yeah, right....
  • by I know Location: wherever on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM
    I agree, C & T knew and only turned in once they were suspect to this crime. My real concern is the patient who is in critical care with the realization that he has been setup, by C & T, Price and all the others. There should be justice but to whom all those that are guilty.
  • by Tax payer Location: Meridian on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    C&T "Crooks and Thugs" There is no way that the owner of this business is not involved in this fraud case. How can someone be so stupid?
  • by l on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    That's should be the IRS fought for allowing that to happen.
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