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(MSN)   Florida man fools IRS into cutting him a check for $6 million, keeps a low profile by buying a $2.6 million waterfront mansion and six luxury cars   (msn.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Internal Revenue Service, Matthew Meredith, Tax, Taxation in the United States, news release, tax refunds, 39-year-old St. Petersburg man, Tax refund  
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4338 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Nov 2022 at 2:20 PM (12 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-09 2:02:08 PM  
Apparently he needs to realize to not look so obvious doing this.
 
2022-11-09 2:23:41 PM  
Did he at least buy it in a none extradition nation?
 
2022-11-09 2:24:18 PM  
What fool buys waterfront property when we all know it will be underwater by 1997 because of global warming?!?
 
2022-11-09 2:26:43 PM  
If he would have taken that first check of 6.3 million and immediately bought a new identity and gotten out of town, he would currently be living a very nice life for the rest of his days.
 
2022-11-09 2:27:35 PM  
Isn't tax fraud legal now, because of Trump?  Equal protection under the law and all, right?
 
2022-11-09 2:29:18 PM  
"If he is convicted on all counts, Meredith could face up to 75 years in federal prison."

Don't fark with the Money Man.
 
2022-11-09 2:31:33 PM  
 
2022-11-09 2:35:40 PM  
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2022-11-09 2:36:48 PM  
Why the hell would anyone buy 6 Benz's

I get that it was free money, but...why?
 
2022-11-09 2:39:35 PM  
Really considering his prior felony, i don't know what you were thinking.  if you somehow...acquire all that money, you need to have a big plan well before you get it.  you would need to know where to transfer it, you would need to know a non-extradition country you could immediately vacate to.

With that felony, pretty sure you're not flying internationally without flagging.  What the hell did you expect?
 
2022-11-09 2:39:40 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: Why the hell would anyone buy 6 Benz's

I get that it was free money, but...why?


Spoken like someone who's never had only 5 Benz's
 
2022-11-09 2:42:02 PM  

lilbjorn: Isn't tax fraud legal now, because of Trump?  Equal protection under the law and all, right?


It's only legal if it's a political witch hunt. He should probably declare he's running for office.
 
2022-11-09 2:42:45 PM  
Sen. Rick Scott laughs at this amateur.
 
2022-11-09 2:45:20 PM  
Trump org looking at next secretary of the Treasury..
 
2022-11-09 2:46:46 PM  
SUBBY IS OBVIOUSLY JEALOUS OF THE CRIMINALITY
 
2022-11-09 2:46:51 PM  
If he is convicted on all counts, Meredith could face up to 75 years in federal prison.

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2022-11-09 2:47:22 PM  
Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.
 
2022-11-09 2:47:58 PM  
Guy went into the joint for drug charges, and learned how do some REAL crime.
 
2022-11-09 2:49:09 PM  
Hey, if you are going to screw the IRS, which does NOT have a sense of humor and will lock you
away in a deep dark hole, ya might as well go for the gold.
 
2022-11-09 2:49:20 PM  
How many Trump threads does Fark need?
 
2022-11-09 2:49:29 PM  
you'd think for $2.6 million they'd bring in a landscaping crew.
 
2022-11-09 2:49:33 PM  
He's keeping the other $3.4 for maintenance on six Mercedes?
 
2022-11-09 2:51:16 PM  
So the IRS just cuts checks in the millions without double checking?
 
2022-11-09 2:51:59 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.


the moron is the one cutting the cheque without checking.
 
2022-11-09 2:53:35 PM  
The cars? They're wedding gifts. They're from my mother. They're under her name.

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2022-11-09 2:53:46 PM  

Numberlady2: Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.

the moron is the one cutting the cheque without checking.


That's the IRS top notch 1980's software.
 
2022-11-09 2:55:13 PM  
I want to know about the money he didn't waste on a house and some cars.
 
2022-11-09 2:55:29 PM  

Numberlady2: Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.

the moron is the one cutting the cheque without checking.


This.
This is literally unacceptable.  Period.
Meanwhile I can't cash a 5 buck check with my bank. Had to go to a check cashing place. WTF? People need a metaphorical hammer 🔨 to the 🧠 🤯 jfc.
 
2022-11-09 2:55:55 PM  

lilbjorn: Isn't tax fraud legal now, because of Trump?  Equal protection under the law and all, right?


It's only legal if you pretend to be a billionaire first.
 
2022-11-09 2:56:41 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Numberlady2: Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.

the moron is the one cutting the cheque without checking.

That's the IRS top notch 1980's software.


To be fair old tech is a contour measure.  Just ask the nick nuke silos.
 
2022-11-09 2:57:22 PM  
A prosecutor friend often says "We're really good at catching the dumb ones"
 
2022-11-09 2:57:23 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Numberlady2: Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.

the moron is the one cutting the cheque without checking.

That's the IRS top notch 1980's software.


Nah, they've got a newfangled 1960s program.

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2018/03/irs-system-processing-your-taxes-almost-60-years-old/146770/
 
2022-11-09 2:58:04 PM  

BWeed6: you'd think for $2.6 million they'd bring in a landscaping crew.


They never do.  People without money don't realize how much it costs to maintain a mansion or a Lambo.
 
2022-11-09 2:58:57 PM  

cyberspacedout: Red Shirt Blues: Numberlady2: Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.

the moron is the one cutting the cheque without checking.

That's the IRS top notch 1980's software.

Nah, they've got a newfangled 1960s program.

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2018/03/irs-system-processing-your-taxes-almost-60-years-old/146770/


Groovy
 
2022-11-09 3:01:31 PM  

big pig peaches: So the IRS just cuts checks in the millions without double checking?


That was my first thought

Nice vetting process, there.
 
2022-11-09 3:03:11 PM  
Not only shouldn't this guy be arrested but he should by default become the Governor of Florida. If we are talking Florida rules of course.
 
2022-11-09 3:05:45 PM  
Aren't there countries that automatically send you correspondence with what you owe or what your refund is each year without you having to fill out anything?
 
2022-11-09 3:06:56 PM  

Optimus Primate: If he would have taken that first check of 6.3 million and immediately bought a new identity and gotten out of town, he would currently be living a very nice life for the rest of his days.


Listen to this expert at disappearing with $6.3  million in federal money without a trace. I think the smart votes pretty much speak to fact that this is the "man with the plan" but I think I can help flesh out the details for you "newbs"

1) Go to a Supercuts Hair Salon and say, "Give me something completely different and go absolutely nuts." pay in unmarked bills, say keep the tip but don't overtip so much that draws any more attention than your new purple bouffant hairdo does.

2) Drop into Identity R' Us and ask for the Bob Smith Passportpalooza Package.  Tell them brap sent you but don't refer to me by name, call me Bob Smith.

3) Fly to a completely remote country with no ties to your former identity without leaving any trace of your movement, ideally on the backs of migrating geese.

4) Get a suitcase full of burner phones.  Full disclosure, I learned that one from The Wire.

5) Launder your money but go easy on the bleach and softener.  "Downy Fresh" is also highly traceable.  Trust me on this one I used to be a Snuggler for a major drug cartel.
 
2022-11-09 3:08:28 PM  

pastramithemosterotic: big pig peaches: So the IRS just cuts checks in the millions without double checking?

That was my first thought

Nice vetting process, there.


I came here to say the same thing. I blame the IRS for this. These kind of, obvious, red flag fraud stories, illustrates why the IRS needs some major restructuring. This and all of *45's tax crimes.

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2022-11-09 3:12:03 PM  

C18H27NO3: Aren't there countries that automatically send you correspondence with what you owe or what your refund is each year without you having to fill out anything?


England, IIRC.
 
2022-11-09 3:16:43 PM  

Optimus Primate: If he would have taken that first check of 6.3 million and immediately bought a new identity and gotten out of town, he would currently be living a very nice life for the rest of his days.


You buy a 6 million dollar yacht, sail it to a non-extradition nation, sell it for 4-5 million to unload quickly, and now you've laundered the money well enough to get away with it unless the IRS starts sending exfiltration teams.
 
2022-11-09 3:19:12 PM  

kdawg7736: Apparently he needs to realize to not look so obvious doing this.


No, fraud is fine as long as you're already rich.
 
2022-11-09 3:19:47 PM  

lilbjorn: Isn't tax fraud legal now, because of Trump?  Equal protection under the law and all, right?


Again, only if you're already rich.
 
2022-11-09 3:21:29 PM  

pastramithemosterotic: big pig peaches: So the IRS just cuts checks in the millions without double checking?

That was my first thought

Nice vetting process, there.


I was living in Houston back in the 1990's. There were gangs of tax fraudsters who would hit up the H&R block offices. They would have fake ID's and fake W-2's. Also borrowed SS numbers from kids for the EIC. They would get ea rapid refund and waltz out and cash the checks. Quite successful. If you have someones info, a high earner, if you file with their info and fake income fake withholding you will get a refund. Don't try this at home.
 
2022-11-09 3:22:47 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Matthew Meredith submitted five claims for a tax refund between August 2019 and February 2020. In total, those claims exceeded $170 million. Authorities say Meredith falsified his income and withholdings in each of the claims, according to court documents.

Number one, large sums can set alarms off. You can falsify income if you hide the cash or property you receive. You CAN NOTbs Withholdings. They know. That's it. What a moron.


You're right, but the IRS computer systems are so farked up these days I'm sure others are going undetected.  Hell, they still wrote him a check for $6 mil.  If you're ever going to commit tax fraud, mows probably the time.
 
2022-11-09 3:23:41 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: Why the hell would anyone buy 6 Benz's

I get that it was free money, but...why?


You expect him to spend the money helping people?
 
2022-11-09 3:23:52 PM  

Priapetic: lilbjorn: Isn't tax fraud legal now, because of Trump?  Equal protection under the law and all, right?

Again, only if you're already rich.


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WAT?
 
2022-11-09 3:30:55 PM  

Red Shirt Blues: Priapetic: lilbjorn: Isn't tax fraud legal now, because of Trump?  Equal protection under the law and all, right?

Again, only if you're already rich.

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WAT?


Republicans are all evil people, that's wat.
 
2022-11-09 3:31:11 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: Why the hell would anyone buy 6 Benz's

I get that it was free money, but...why?


female sales person... you can picture what someone would look like that would make you buy six MB cars with stolen money...  she looked like that.
 
2022-11-09 3:32:11 PM  

p51d007: Hey, if you are going to screw the IRS, which does NOT have a sense of humor and will lock you
away in a deep dark hole, ya might as well go for the gold.


Once you get that gold, though, retire to the Maldives.
 
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