On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Las Vegas, Nevada returned an indictment against three individuals accused of stealing more than $1 million in refunds from the IRS. The announcement was made by Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg. Chanh V. Trinh, Cannedy Trinh and Elizabeth Trinh have been charged with conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds and theft of government funds.
The three residents of Las Vegas are accused of conspiring to file federal corporate and individual tax returns reporting fake income and income tax withholdings. As a result of the alleged activities, the defendants acquired more than $1 million in refunds, which they were not entitled. The defendants are accused of filing the returns in their own names, as well as the names of others. The three defendants allegedly filed tax returns in the name of a deceased family member and fictitious businesses.
It is alleged that the defendants returned a month later and amended the return hoping to acquire more. Chanh V. Trinh is accused of preparing and filing the returns. The indictment suggests that all three individuals deposited or cashed the refund checks using various bank accounts, brokerage accounts, and check-cashing services throughout the city of Las Vegas.
It is alleged that the defendants often concealed their activities by buying cashier’s checks and using them to purchase gambling chips at casinos. The defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.