TROY: It’s That Time of Year for Tax Return Identity Thefts



turns costly. Okay, first the advice: If someone you meet online asks for money, any money, stop all contact and don’t send money. You can rest assured it is probably a scam. This 58- year-old grandmother, a Troy resident, met a subject identifying himself as Donny Koch on The subject stated he was a widower and is working on an oil rig near London. England. The subject informed her that he is having financial difficulties and she has been providing him money with the promises from him that he will pay her back. She was recently contacted by a subject posing as an Interpol Director informing that her acquaintance was arrested at the airport with a large sum of money on which he has not paid taxes. She wired more money to pay for his bond. Our victim was recently advised by her bank that she is being swindled. At this point she has provided financial assistance of $703,000.

YOU KNOW, THESE STORES HAVE CAMERAS. They are watching customers and employees. Saks Fifth Avenue’s Loss Prevention Officers began an investigation on a 32-year-old male from Auburn Hills and observed him assisting an unknown customer who was attempting to purchase numerous amounts of merchandise from the business. The employee attempted to place the purchases on several different credit cards but they were being declined. He scanned an $800 piece of merchandise on his register and immediately voided it. He then was able to place some purchased items onto a credit card. The employee then placed a pair of shoes not purchased by the customer into the bag of the purchased items. The employee then tried to place another purchase onto a credit card but it was declined as well. The subject left the store with the purchased items along with the shoes, which weren’t bought. The Loss Prevention Officer approached the employee and escorted him to the Loss Prevention Office where he admitted to taking approximately $500 a week from his cash register for a total theft of $2,000 by voiding purchases and taking the money out of the register. The employee was arrested and charged with Embezzlement.

LOTS OF FOLKS ARE LEARNING THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS FILED FOR THEIR TAX RETURNS. A Burns Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) filed a 2016 Income Tax Return with Turbo Tax using the victim’s name and his United States Social Security Number. Victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how his personal information was compromised. A Falmouth resident received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service informing him that unknown suspect(s) file a 2016 Federal Income Tax Return using his name and United States Social Security Number. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how his personal information was compromised.

YOU HIRE SOMEONE AND DON’T GET HIS FULL NAME, ADDRESS AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER? Really, does this mean you were not planning to pay those FICA taxes? The owner of a Troy barbershop hired a 47-year-old male to cut hair. The subject is supposed to charge $15 per cut with $5 going back to the business. The subject has not been turning-in the $5 per cut and believes he has embezzled nearly $2,000 from the business. He only knows the subject by name and only has a phone number for him.

HOW DO YOU COLLECT MONEY WITHOUT WORKING? A New Castle resident was notified by his office manager that unknown suspect(s) used his name to file for unemployment benefits through the State of Michigan. Victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how his personal information was compromised. All these folks with others using their name need to invest in a wallet with RFID protection. The con artists are scanning your credit cards and passports for your identity.

YOUNG GIRLS GONE BAD – Two 16-year-old females from Grosse Pointe came to the business and attempted to steal $172 and $131 worth of merchandise for sale at Nordstrom’s before being stopped by Loss Prevention. Found in their possession were other stolen merchandise from American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, and Sephora which they both admit that they also stole. Both suspects were charged then admitted to the officers that they were going through parked cars stealing items. (This is why you lock your car.) Both suspects were arrested and charged with Larceny From a Vehicle, Illegal Use of a Credit Card, Uttering and Publishing a Check, Receiving Stolen Property.

AT THE OTHER END OF BIG BEAVER, A 38-year-old female from Warren, came to the Nordstrom Rack and attempted to steal $778.42 worth of merchandise for sale in the store before being stopped by Loss Prevention. She was arrested by the responding officers and charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248- 524-3477. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call 524-0777 and leave a message.