Florida man gets $980,000 tax refund, feds say he shouldn’t have

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This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Zelienople, Pa., shows multiple forms printed from the Internal Revenue Service web page that are used for 2018 U.S. federal tax returns. The government says that the average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued have declined for the second straight week. The declines have become a […]

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.

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