Investigators also arrested Xzavier Sullivan, a convicted felon who they say admitted to using a relative's Preparer Tax Identification Number to file returns for clients at his business, VLOS6 Tax Services on Columbia Woods Drive. Agents also found Sullivan in possession of a firearm.
"You can't trust anybody these days," the customer told Viteri.
Investigators made several other arrests during the operation and say the preparers will face a range of charges including theft, forgery, computer fraud, making false statements and conspiracy to defraud the state.
Investigators want anyone who feels they may be a victim to contact the Department of Revenue and want taxpayers to know any refund fraudulently obtained through any of these businesses will still be due to the state.