Ramon Christopher Blanchett Scams Nearly $1,000,000 With Bogus Tax Returns; Gets Prison Time | January 22
Tampa: A judge has sentenced Ramon Christopher Blanchett to 34 months in federal prison for theft of government funds. The court also ordered Blanchett to forfeit $980,000, which is traceable to proceeds of the offense.
According to reports, on February 21, 2017, Blanchett electronically filed his 2016 Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, claiming (1) $18,497 in wage income, (2) a state and local income tax deduction of $47,357, and (3) an income tax withholding credit of $1 million. These figures were not accurate.
Blanchett falsely claimed that he was due a tax refund of $1 million, and requested that $20,000 of that amount be applied to his 2017 estimated tax. In April 2017, the IRS mailed a U.S. Treasury check for $980,000 to Blanchett which he then deposited the check into an account at SunTrust Bank. SunTrust reported the transaction to the IRS, closed Blanchett’s accounts, and held the funds for the IRS.
He received a replacement check and deposited it into an account that he opened with Grow Financial Credit Union (GFCU) in Tampa, Florida. He used some of the funds to purchase a 2016 Lexus RC350 for $51,617 at a Tampa dealership.
The house of cards eventually came crashing down and Blanchett was eventually arrested for his crimes.
Ramon Christopher Blanchett is now facing 34 months in federal prison.
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