Salem, OR - An Oregon woman was charged after allegedly using a Visa debit card with a $2.1 million balance issued to her after her fraudulent electronic 2011 tax return was approved by the Oregon Department of Revenue. The ruse came to an end only after the woman reportedly lost the card and applied for a replacement.
Authorities allege Krystle Marie Reyes, 25, used the tax preparation software Turbo Tax to file a faked 2011 income tax return with the state in which she reported earnings of $3 million and claimed a refund of $2.1 million. Due to the high dollar amount, the return had to go through a manual review process at the Oregon Department of Revenue in which ‘multiple reviewers’ would need to approve the refund. Oddly, they all did. Once the refund was approved, Turbo Tax issued Reyes a Visa debit card with a $2.1M balance.
“We do not have that many $2.1 million refund claims,” Derrick Gasperini, a Revenue Department spokesman, said. “It absolutely should have been caught and was not.”
What transpired immediately after is what you would likely expect from a person holding a Visa debit card with a $2.1 million balance. One of Reyes first purchases was reported to be a 1999 Dodge Caravan and an additional $800 of wheels and tires to make the 13-year-old minivan even more awesome. This decadence would come to a quick end when Reyes reportedly lost the card with just under $2 million still remaining on it. Good Lord, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve done that.
Reyes’ reporting the card lost or stolen triggered an investigation and brought the whole situation to light. Reyes was subsequently booked into jail on charges of
trying and succeeding at something just outrageous enough to outsmart a bunch of people who should have known better aggravated theft and computer crime.