APPLE VALLEY-(VVNG.com): An Apple Valley mother and daughter were arrested on suspicion of tax fraud Thursday morning.
At around 8:00 a.m. authorities arrived on the 15071 block of Tuscola Court and made the arrest of 42-year-old Michelle Renee Auer. Shortly after the arrest of her daughter, authorities arrived at the home on the 14400 block of Riverside drive where they located and arrested 60-year-old Mary Kaye Hans .
The two, who worked under the name of Mary Kaye Hans Bookkeeping and Tax Service and M&M Bookkeeping and Tax Service Inc. were arrested by the Franchise Tax Board and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office investigators.
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) officials were made aware of the scheme when their internal fraud detection recognized the discrepancies. Investigators followed up with the affected taxpayers, who all told them they did not qualify for the credits claimed by the preparer on their behalf.
FTB agents allege that they woman filed over 1,200 fraudulent returns from 2009 to 2011. Due to the falsified claims, taxpayers were notified and faced collections on the overpayment.
“I know some people affected by this and they learned that there were credits being applied without their knowledge, like solar panel rebates and they didn’t have solar panels. It’s been huge mess to go back and fix,” said Kelley Erin, on the Victor Valley News Facebook page.
The two are now facing felony charges for willfully preparing and filing the falsified income tax returns, FTB officials said in the press release. Both Hans and Auer were booked into the West Valley Detention Center where she remains in lieu of $250,000 bail. Both are set to appear in court Friday afternoon.