A former temporary worker in New Haven, Connecticut, used a W-2 form issued by her staffing firm to create fake W-2 forms in an effort to reap tax refunds to which she and others were not entitled, according to an FBI affidavit included in a criminal filing in federal court. The incidents began in 2006.
The former temporary worker, Valerie Yvonne Brown, faces charges of aiding or assisting the preparation of a false or fraudulent document and identity theft, according to the filing.
Brown met people outside of H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt offices in New Haven and convinced them to let her help prepare their returns because she could get them a bigger refund, according to the filing.
Brown took their information to prepare fake W-2s then sent them back to the tax preparation office to file the returns and receive a check for a refund, according to the filing. Brown then took a cut of the inflated refund.
In addition, Brown kept individuals' personal information to file tax returns in other years without the knowledge of the individuals and used information from people who had no previous contact with her, according to the filing. Brown also, later, used information from other businesses to create false W-2 forms, according to the filing.
Filed by Staffing Industry Analysts, a sister company of Workforce Management. To comment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.