An income tax fraud scheme discovered during a drug raid Thursday night is expected to lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal tax refunds.
“I wouldn’t be surprised it went into the millions,” Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said during a news conference Friday.
Agents went to a mobile home on Sligo Road, just off Egypt Road in the Rockledge community, Thursday night to raid a suspected methamphetamine distribution ring and discovered more evidence than expected in the tax scheme.
Lori Lei Bodden, 41, her husband, Carlos Cardona-Herrera, 36, and Juan Hernandez-Telle, 22, were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Bodden is expected to be charged with distribution of methamphetamine.
Three-fourths of a pound of methamphetamine in its purest form, ice, was found hidden in a baby wipes container. The drugs have a street value of about $40,000.
Three children under the age of 4 were in the mobile home when agents raided it Thursday night and the Etowah County Department of Human Resources was called.
The drugs, along with guns, swords, cash, vehicles, a boat and several computers, were seized during the raid.
Those computers are expected to provide more information about the tax scheme, Entrekin said.
It is believed Bodden was filing income tax returns from her mobile home, primarily tax returns for illegal immigrants, and claiming the first-time home buyers tax credit of $8,000.
If someone is using a Social Security number and paid taxes through an employer, income tax returns can be filed.
I guess if I really want to grow my tax business, I need to offer a little free meth.