Federal authorities say a Dallas man who was running a phony tax service scammed hundreds of Southeast Texans.
Shannon Mays allegedly used business with names like SYAM Tax and Baby Momma Tax to get personal information to bilk the government out of millions of dollars.
Theodore Victor Sr. lives alone in a modest, small apartment in Port Arthur.
He is 63, low income and disabled, which federal authorities say made him the perfect target for Mays and his recruiters, one of whom approached Victor at church.
Because of his status, Victor had not filed a tax return in a decade, but with the promise of getting stimulus money, he shared his person information.
U.S. Attorney Malcolm Bales said, "And of course there was no stimulus payment, instead Shannon Mays used all of that personal information to fabricate and file tax returns that claimed significant refunds."
Turns out Victor did not receive the whole refund, even though his information was used to get it.
He told 12News, "Income return for $1300 or $1400, and I only got $753."
Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Malcolm Bales announced a federal grand jury had indicted Mays with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Victor was not the only victim. Bales said more than 600 citizens in Port Arthur were victimized and it is believed there's an equal number in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area as well.
And although Mays has been charged, nothing's gotten better for Victor, he now owes the Internal Revenue Service the $753 that he thought he had legitimately received, money he's already spent.
Mays said, "I don't feel it's justice, until they do something with him. This man got millions of dollars and high tech lawyers."
Bales says Mays defrauded the government of more than $3 million. If convicted, Mays will be forced to forfeit that amount, and could face 20 years in federal prison.
The Texas Attorney General has also filed a deceptive practices lawsuit against him.
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