A Whites Creek man has been charged with tax fraud and linked to a national scheme that Department of Justice investigators say cost taxpayers $120 million. In a statement Tuesday, DOJ officials said David Clum Jr. was one of seven people who filed almost 400 false tax returns and put on seminars in Florida and Tennessee to recruit clients. Clum, who has not yet been arraigned, faces up to 215 years in prison if convicted.
According to the indictment, the false return scheme was national in scope, causing the filing of tax returns for at least 180 clients from 30 different states, requesting more than $120 million worth of fraudulent tax refunds. The indictment alleges that the defendants and clients of the scheme collectively filed more than 380 tax returns, mostly from tax year 2008 but also for other tax years, reporting the amount of their personal debt obligations as both income and as federal tax withholding.
Former Central Parking treasury analyst Mary Harris faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $1.9 million from the company in the five years leading up to August 2009. James Nix has the details.
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Brentwood collection agency owner Terry Miller was charged Monday by area authorities with five counts of fraud and one count of identity theft. Miller stands accused of, among other things, not paying his customers their promised money and reaching into the bank accounts of debtors to fund his company and his lifestyle. He faces a potential prison term of more than three decades as well as a fine of up to $1 million. The Williamson Herald has more.
“Terry Marvin Miller thought he could hide his illegal activities by stealing and using the identities of others to defraud banks and other institutions, but he was mistaken,” said U.S. Attorney Martin. “Mr. Miller thought he could hide behind the corporate shield of his collection agency to commit fraud. This office will pursue identity thieves wherever they may hide."