Man Claims Nearly $1M In Tax Refund On Wages Of $19K

A Florida man is in trouble after the IRS gave him nearly a million dollars for a tax refund on his reported wages of about 19-thousand dollars. The U.S. Attorney's Office is filing a forfeiture complaint against Tampa resident Ramon Christopher Blanchett.

Turns out, he actually made about 35-hundred dollars in 2016 and didn’t even have any income tax withheld. Still, the IRS sent him the 980-thousand dollars in refunds that he claimed. Don’t get too excited for him, however…he's not going to keep it (even though he tried to).

Blanchett deposited the funds into two separate accounts and then started spending. Of course, it appears he knew he’d be in trouble, too. He allegedly told bank officials that "the funds were from the estate of his deceased father.” And yes, the government has already seized about 920-thousand from his bank accounts as well as a 2016 Lexus registered in his name.

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