June 10, 2012

Krystle Reyes - Scams Oregon Out Of 2 Million Dollars, Then Calls Police When She Loses Money

Salem, Oregon (The Weekly Vice) - Krystle Marie Reyes, a 25-year-old Salem woman was jailed Wednesday after she allegedly filed a fraudulent state tax return, and received over 2 million dollars.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Reyes reportedly used Turbo Tax, a tax preparation computer program, to file her 2011 tax income return.

She claimed that she earned over $3,000,000, then used the tax calculator program to claim a refund of $2,000,000.

The Internal Revenue examined because of the large amount, but sent her the refund as calculated on her return.

Investigators say Reyes spent more than $150,000 on numerous items, including a new vehicle, before she ended up losing her visa card with the remainder of her fraudulent tax return revenue.

Investigators say Reyes reported her card missing, which alerted authorities to her fraudulent activities.

Officers described the scam as one of the biggest the state of Oregon has ever seen. Officials are shocked on how easily she was able to defraud the state. The revenue department processes approximately 7 billion dollars a year in tax returns on computer systems designed in the 1980s.

In January, the state decided against a one million dollar computer upgrade that would have eventually paid for itself by finding tax cheaters.

Reyes was booked into the Marion County Jail and charged with aggravated theft and computer crime. She was released and is scheduled to appear in court on July 5th.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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