A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday.
According to NBC News, the IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Blanchett, who prosecutors said lied on his 2016 tax return.
Blanchett reported an $18,497 income of that year according to an asset forfeiture complaint filed last month by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa.
However, in that same return, Blanchett reported $1,000,000 had been held which resulted in the $980,000 refund check.
Court documents show Blanchett spent nearly $50,000 on a Lexus which has since been seized along with three bank accounts worth over $900,000 according to NBC News.