Man Buys Lexus With Tax Refund Check That Wasn't His

Imagine going to the mailbox and receiving an envelope from the Internal Revenue Service. When you open that envelope, inside is a check for nearly one-million dollars. That's what happened to a part-time Florida college student back in 2016.

Ramon Christopher Blanchett managed to get a $980,000 refund from the Internal Revenue Service, but had made less than $20,000 that year. Not questioning it, Ramon cashed it. He also tried filing shady returns for 2017 and 2018. Eventually, the IRS figured out the mistake - and now, Ramon has pleaded guilty to "theft of government funds" and faces up to 10 years in prison.

He'll also make $59,768 in restitution to the IRS plus pay all taxes, interest, and penalties owed for the three tax years. The judge will sentence him at a date to be determined.

  • How'd he "get here?" The man kept sending fake W-2's to the IRS over that time and they kept sending him massive refund checks. Back in January, the government finally figured things out and filed a civil forfeiture action after seizing $919,421 from his account and a 2016 Lexus RC350 he had bought with part of the ill-gotten funds.

Source: TampaBay Times

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