Numerous complaints from people in Port Arthur, Anahuac, Nacogodoches and Lufkin sparked an investigation that resulted in the indictment of a Dallas tax preparer.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont Wednesday announced the indictment of Shannon Tecoko Mays, 36, of Dallas, charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
According to prosecutors, officials began receiving complaints of tax returns that were being fraudulently prepared on their behalf. During the investigation, officials say they found that mays was operating numerous offices across the U.S. under the name "Syam Tax Services, L.L.C. and "Baby Momma Tax." Although the principal office was located in Dallas, mays also operated in numerous other locations.
The indictment alleges that Mays targeted people who were generally exempt from having to file income tax because they would be less likely to discover a fraudulent tax return had been filed on their behalf. To further facilitate the scheme, Mays employed 'recruiters,' paying them from $50-$100 for every client they successfully brought into Syam Tax. in order to avoid detection, Mays altered the taxpayer's address and phone numbers on the returns so that any phone calls or correspondence from the IRS would not reach the taxpayer. The scheme also used electronic deposits to ensure paper checks would not be mailed to the taxpayer.
For the tax year 2011, Mays filed 4,226 tax returns claiming approximately $3,150,406.
If convicted, Mays faces up to 20 years in federal prison.