A Manhattan fraudster scored a nearly $7 million refund from the IRS — and lived the high life for two weeks — before the feds caught onto him, authorities say.
Federal prosecutors allege that Jameen Walker, 46, hatched his illicit get-rich-quick scheme by falsely claiming that a corporation he controlled paid him $16 million in income in 2018 and withheld $12.2 million.
The IRS ended up issuing Walker a refund check for $6,932,954.80, which he deposited into his bank account Aug. 26, 2019, authorities said.
Then for the next two weeks, Walker blew $85,000 in cash before the account was frozen Sept. 10, the federal complaint states.
In 2016, Walker had tried the same scheme, claiming on tax documents that the Stallings Empire Corporation, of which he was the only employee, had paid him $19.7 million in 2015 and withheld $14.6 million, authorities said. The IRS didn’t pay out the $6.8 million refund he allegedly sought at that time.
But each year after that, he kept filing the bogus returns until he struck gold with his latest attempt and became a millionaire — albeit temporarily, officials said.
He was arrested Thursday and has been charged in the Southern District of New York with one count each of theft of government funds and making a false claim and three counts of subscribing to a false tax return.
If convicted on the top count, Walker faces up to 10 years in prison.
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