Flagler County tax services investigated for fraud

Investigators think Robert Newsholme could be liable for $189,871 of lacking money in at least 12 conditions.

BUNNELL, Fla. — Numerous neighborhood and federal agencies are investigating fraud accusations from a Bunnell tax service.

Authorities commenced investigating Flagler Tax Company on Moody Boulevard on Aug. 25 following numerous folks called the Flagler County Sheriff’s Place of work declaring they had been defrauded by Robert ‘Bob’ Newsholme, the FCSO reported.

Newsholme, 66, has a extensive felony historical past dating back to the 1970s in New York Town that involves Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Issuing Undesirable Checks with Understanding, Forgery, and Scheme to Defraud, with the most the latest cost for Defraud in 2004. Newsom is not a Certified General public Accountant (CPA).

On Sep. 3, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Business, IRS and Volusia County Sheriff’s Office environment carried out a research warrant at Flagler Tax Assistance, according to the FCSO. Authorities seized several pcs, data files and other proof that could get rid of mild on a prospective substantial-scale plan to defraud clients, the sheriff’s business office explained.

Investigators believe that Newsholme could be liable for $189,871 of lacking funds in at minimum 12 cases. Some of the prices alleged towards Newsholme are Grand Theft, Structured Plan to Defraud, and Embezzlement. 

“At this time, we have no sign that any other Flagler Tax Service staff members took section in or experienced understanding of any illegal activity,” Sheriff Rick Staly explained. “Thousands of paperwork and forensic materials are currently being analyzed as the investigation carries on. It’s unlucky that someone who was reliable in the local community would take gain of so several folks that reliable him. Our investigators will not relaxation until finally the victims are determined and the suspect is held accountable for his steps.”