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Fraudsters file fake tax return as AG Eric Holder

Two Georgia men plead guilty after using attorney general's name, birthday and Social Security number.

By MSN Money producer Mar 13, 2014 7:01PM

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington © J. Scott Applewhite/AP
By Andrew Grossman, The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal

Not even the nation's top law-enforcement officer is safe from the growing number of fraudsters filing false tax returns based on stolen identities.

Two Georgia men filed a tax return with the name, birthday and Social Security number of Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes of getting his refund, according to federal prosecutors in Atlanta. Holder was one of several people targeted by Yafait Tadesse and Eyaso Abebe, both of whom have pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme.

Fraudulent income tax returns are a growing problem that Holder's Justice Department is working to combat. Typically, perpetrators steal the personal information of victims, fill out returns that would entitle them to a refund, then file them electronically.

"Identity theft affects people from all walks of life, from hardworking taxpayers trying to make ends meet, to senior government officials," said Sally Quillian Yates, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

A spokesman for Holder declined to comment on his case.

In the Atlanta case, Tadesse and Abebe filled out returns saying that all of their victims worked at Wal-Mart and had similar incomes, according to prosecutors. Some of the refunds were paid out, but others were stopped.

The refund claimed by the two men in Holder's name wasn't paid out, a spokesman for the Atlanta U.S. Attorney's office said.

Attorneys for the two men didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Mar 13, 2014 10:09PM
AND! According to the GSA illegal aliens received $32 BILLION dollars in fraudulent income tax returns this last tax year.  And the IRS does nothing!
Mar 13, 2014 8:09PM
Whoops I was wrong. Ethiopian.  
Mar 13, 2014 8:30PM

Oh man, could I wish anymore that this jackwagons identity had been stolen and sold to the highest bidder with tons of credit cards in his name and frauds perpetrated against him. I would pee myself laughing.

To bad it was only a tax return. Funny how they caught it when it was Holders tax return yet while thousands of average americans have it done to them and all the IRS says is sorry. I know because my nephews SSN was stolen and filed on illegally the year he passed away and they told my sister exactly that. "Sorry we have no way of tracking down who used it, there's nothing we can do. But we must refuse your return because someone used it" Total BS

Mar 13, 2014 8:08PM
I am making only a guess but I suspect the two men are Nigerian immigrants.  
Mar 13, 2014 10:33PM
How is it Holder can get justice, but when it happens to the rest of us, we're left to fend for ourselves?
Mar 13, 2014 9:43PM
Sounds to me like our government needs to spend all this money they have for war and the money they have to give other nations as loans, to restructure our social security number and system,. so it would be dang near impossiable for con artist to fraud each and everyone of us.
Mar 13, 2014 10:43PM
Too bad they didn't get away with it.  If anybody deserves it, he does.
Mar 13, 2014 9:00PM
Holders just pissed that someone almost beat him to his fraudulent return.
Mar 13, 2014 9:02PM
Interesting............two aspiring "fraudsters", targeting one of America's most successful deceivers..........maybe they were hoping to make an impression.............
Mar 13, 2014 8:49PM
Very dumb crooks.  Picking such a high-profile target is like begging to get caught.  Thank goodness for the rest of us they aren't very smart.
Mar 13, 2014 11:08PM
Hey, but Holder said we need to let these folks vote. Wonder if he'll feel the same about these two......lmao...
Mar 13, 2014 8:17PM
Fraudulent income tax returns are a growing problem that Holder's Justice Department. Its debatable they can do anything right except screw up the country.
Mar 13, 2014 9:52PM
They will probably be on the NSA, IRS, or DHS payroll before the week is out. They will fit right in.
Mar 13, 2014 9:06PM
These crooks needed to find a "taxpayer" who usually files a fraudulent return with all sorts of phony tax deductions and credits ......... oh, wait..... they did!
Mar 13, 2014 9:46PM
Stupid Nigerians! I had one try and scam me on Craigslist so I had him send a bank check (fake) to Bilbo Baggins at a vacant house in the neighborhood. I signed over the check from Bilbo to me and my son and I took it to the rookie teller at Wells Fargo Bank. When she asked if my son was Bilbo the whole place erupted in laughter! ;-)
Mar 13, 2014 11:38PM
The first indication that it was a fraud was when they assumed holder had paid any income tax!  Don't give up your guns!!!!!!!!
Mar 13, 2014 11:13PM

Rather ironic these idiots filed a fake return on a real fake and flakey AG.

The ahole is a worthless POS and a racist !!!!

Mar 14, 2014 1:18AM
I'm still trying to get past the disgusting comment "the nations top law enforcement officer" that's all I needed to read, now I must bring dinner back up!
Mar 13, 2014 8:49PM
They knew it was fake cause holder most likely got a blessing from the head spook saying he didn't have to pay any taxes...........................
their names don't sound like good ole boys to me.
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