FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chief Steve Caraway
Office: (504) 712-2212
Date: March 6, 2012
Man illegally in United States arrested in tax scam; $20,000 seized as evidence
Kenner - An illegal immigrant living in LaPlace has been arrested in Kenner concerning a fraudulent tax scam, in which $20,000 was seized as evidence from his vehicle. On Friday, March 2, 2012, Kenner Police Officers Brad Boyd and Ethan Hales responded a disturbance in the 3000 block of Loyola Drive, in Kenner. It was there officers’ encountered Marvin Baca, who provided a home address on Ormond Boulevard, in LaPlace. Baca had been involved in an argument concerning false W-2 forms that he sold to another illegal immigrant for $1,500.00. Baca was arrested by Kenner Police for permits required and an outstanding 2006 attachment from Jefferson Parish for possession of cocaine and battery on a police officer.
Detective George Hoffmann interviewed Baca concerning false W-2 forms that he presented to officers and others that were found in his possession. Baca confessed to a scam, advising that he has been selling fictitious W-2 forms for $1,500.00 to other Hispanics who are in the country illegally. Though Hispanics who are illegal in the United States work here (United States), they don’t file tax returns for the fear of immigration learning of their whereabouts and being arrested and deported. Thus, those illegally in the United States, purchase fictitious W-2 forms and file false tax returns with the government to receive a false refund which is normally cashed utilizing a fictitious identification card. During the interview with Detective Hoffmann, Baca informed Detective Hoffmann that he had two envelopes in his vehicle that contained $10,000 each (totaling $20,000). The money was located and seized as evidence from the vehicle.
Baca has been charged with identity theft (1-count) and forgery (2 counts / concerning fictitious W-2 forms). On one of the fictitious W-2 forms; Kenner Police learned that information on the fictitious W-2 form has a Social Security number of an individual living in the State of Virginia. Baca remains in custody, no bond has been set. In addition, Kenner Police has notified Immigration Officials and the Internal Revenue Service of the arrest. Immigration has detained Baca in reference to his illegal status in the United States. The investigation is ongoing.
Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident to contact Kenner Police Detective George Hoffmann at (504) 712-2398, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Detective George Hoffmann is in charge of the investigation.