Friday, October 14, 2011

Judy Grace Seller Allegedly Filed More Than $6 Billion in False Refund Claims


WASHINGTON – The United States has sued Judy Grace Sellers to bar her from promoting an alleged scheme involving fraudulent tax refund claims, the Justice Department announced today. The government’s amended complaint for a civil injunction alleges that Sellers, of Chipley, Fla., helps her customers create false documents to support a fraudulent “Secured Party Creditor” argument. According to the lawsuit, this frivolous argument maintains that the federal government has created a “strawman” for each U.S. citizen and an account exists at the Treasury Department for the strawman. Sellers allegedly assists her customers in preparing documents to obtain funds from their supposed Treasury accounts.

According to the amended complaint, this scheme, also called the “commercial redemption” scheme, involves Sellers’s customers filing fraudulent tax returns with false Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms 1099-OID. The government alleges that the forms falsely claim huge amounts of tax withholding and that the returns claim large tax refunds based on the false withholding amounts.

Sellers’s customers have allegedly filed federal income tax returns claiming false refunds exceeding $6 billion. The amended complaint states that, in 2008, Sellers referred some customers to Teresa Marty for assistance with the Form 1099-OID submission process. The complaint alleges that, in 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Californiabarred Marty from preparing federal tax returns for others as a result of her participation in the Form 1099-OID scheme.

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