Federal agents charge undocumented woman in alleged tax fraud scheme

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:38pm

Homeland Security Investigations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested two women as part of an alleged federal tax fraud conspiracy, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle of Tennessee.

Josephina Lopez-Lajuj was pulled over by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Tuesday after exiting a check-into-cash business. HSI agents later arrived and allegedly found two envelopes containing more than $17,000 in cash.

Federal agents also arrested Mercedes Mardali Garcia-Lindo on Monday after raiding her Wallace Road apartment where they allegedly discovered multiple tax forms, social security cards and other documents. According to the Internal Revenue Service, eight different tax returns were mailed to her apartment this year.

The court documents claim that Honduran nationals in Middle Tennessee have devised a scheme to collect false tax returns worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The joint investigation with the IRS, HSI and the Postal Inspection Service has been ongoing since 2012.

Authorities say Lopez-Lajuj admitted she was a Guatemalan citizen in the U.S. without documentation or permission.

Some of the W-2 forms used in the fraud included real names and identities, while others were entirely fabricated.

Lopez-Lajuj and Garcia-Lindo are each being charged with mail fraud.

 

13 Comments on this post:

By: mg357 on 5/8/13 at 5:01

mg357......By all means let's keep our borders open to attract more of this. Let's hear it for the pro immigration reform groups. Research the IRCA of 1986 and get back to me on how successful it was. This is the perfect definition of insanity, trying the same thing over and expecting a different result. It ain't gonna happen folks, not now, not ever.

By: WmTharonChandler on 5/8/13 at 10:42

This venue is good enough for me to write concerning US Social Security (as paid to some local natives). United States Social security Payments ( to include SSI, SSD, and Social Security Retirement yet specificly with regard to SSI ) should more often be treated as an entitlement and not as something 'to be Manipulated) by arbitrary Administrators working at Local offices. The 'monies are Federal' but the Admin is Local, in Tennessee. The US people have been robbed of local Employment, robbed of housing availability by the US Immigration Policy, and robbed of a solvent Economy via the policy of the US treasury. For some fool to keep tooling with someone's SSI is a way of then trying to sexually enslave and control someone . Don't you know ?

W. Tharon Chandler

By: govskeptic on 5/9/13 at 6:42

With the chances of getting away with it, or leaving the country as soon as possible
without any jail time, our country is begging for this type treatment and there are
certainly those around the world willing and actually taking us up on it. They can
go home for a few months and then return with a different name to pursue whatever.

Homeland Security and Immigration can't keep up with the "known Terrorist"
that are coming and going within this country, much less the other criminals.

By: Jughead on 5/9/13 at 7:16

All part of Obama's Hope and Change.

By: jonw on 5/9/13 at 9:26

"The court documents claim that Honduran nationals in Middle Tennessee have devised a scheme to collect false tax returns worth hundreds of thousands of dollars."
That can't be true. Oblamer says that all the illegalls want is a chance.

By: Kelliente on 5/9/13 at 10:28

Pretty sure this kind of thing happens even when there is a Republican president. You all sound like r/thanksobama but without the tongue in your cheek.

What I want to know is, how were these people illegally fleecing the system for thousands of dollars when my poor ass can't even get a few hundo back on her tax return? Sounds like I need to hire them to do my taxes.

By: Badbob on 5/9/13 at 10:48

Silly hate-filled people. This President deported more illegals his first 4 years than did Bush in 8 years. But, the truth never gets in their way when they want to spew hate.

Of course, Republicans have slashed funding for law enforcement in the IRS and Post Office becasue they hate them as much as they do the ATF. They, By God, funded the FAA so they could keep jet setting around, though.

By: budlight on 5/9/13 at 11:21

y: jonw on 5/9/13 at 10:26
"The court documents claim that Honduran nationals in Middle Tennessee have devised a scheme to collect false tax returns worth hundreds of thousands of dollars."
That can't be true. Oblamer says that all the illegalls want is a chance.

Yeah, a chance to rob us. DEPORT THEM.

The FAA is funded to make and keep air traffic safe, badbob, but you probably don't fly, do you?

By: NewYorker1 on 5/9/13 at 1:02

I love when I read about somebody screwing over the US government, because the US government have been screwing over my people since they forced us into this hell-hole called America. LOL!!!! LOVE IT.

By: mg357 on 5/9/13 at 1:30

mg357..@new yorker1...options are still available for anyone discontent in this country to leave, I haven't seen up close any show of force to entice anyone to stay here against their will. That in itself should be proof enough why so many come here either legally or illegally.........@budlight..there seems to be a consistency of folks both legal and illegal to game the system in any way possible. Taking on the IRS to a rational person is suicide, their favorite word is seize. I'm relatively sure you've heard the statement, *you can't get blood out of a turnip, however, the prisons will be overjoyed to get the turnip for an extended stay*...LOL

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/9/13 at 2:02

Badbob has the facts!

By: budlight on 5/9/13 at 3:08

By: NewYorker1 on 5/9/13 at 2:02
I love when I read about somebody screwing over the US government, because the US government have been screwing over my people since they forced us into this hell-hole called America. LOL!!!! LOVE IT.

New Yorker1, they still sell one way tickets BACK to your country, whichever one that is. And I'm sure that country will GIVE YOU LOTS OF FREEBIES! Or will they?

By: mg357 on 5/9/13 at 6:34

mg357....@budlight, the Merle Haggard song comes to mind here...when you're runnin down our country man , you're walking on the fightin side of me. The keyword in your statement is right on man, FREEBIES!!!! My compliments!!!!