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Tax forgery investigation underway

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WLBT has looked into allegations of tax forgery in Jackson. A possible victim claims the former manager of a local tax service illegally filed her taxes.

Dothan, Alabama police say criminal investigation spans three states.

Friday at her home in north Jackson, Latreaka Dent said, 

"He called me and said you have a check over here at Pro Tax," said Latreaka Dent. "I said no, I haven't filed with you. he said no your check is right here. You filed, come get your check."

Dent did file her 2014 taxes Pro Tax. The recent call was about her 2015 tax refund.

 Troubling, because Dent did not step foot in the business this year to file taxes.  

He said here it is you signed right here. I said that ain't my signature," she explained. "

When asked if someone filed for her and forged her signature, she said"Yes."

Dent was reportedly due thousands from the IRS. 

"I was expecting back like $8,000.00 but they gave me $1800.00," she said."

Dent claims the tax service took money out of that refund for a $250.00 loan that she never received and then tacked on a charge for the loan.

I went to Pro Tax Friday.  It's tucked away in the corner of a strip mall on North State Street.  The manager told me he was new on the job adding, Dent's situation had been investigated and that it had been resolved. 

Digging deeper, we learned the former Jackson manager of Pro Tax, Constance Daniels, left town January 15 without notice. Now Alabama police want to question her.  
 
Dothan police said Friday their case file includes 13 possible victims in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. They say this is an ongoing criminal investigation. No charges have been filed yet.

The owner of Pro Tax which is based in Dothan, Alabama, said they are doing everything legally to get to the bottom of what has occurred. Police say this could involve other employees and may involved thousands of dollars in tax refund money.

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