Flagler Tax Service, a area organization based out of Bunnell, is at present beneath investigation by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office for allegations together with fraud, theft, and embezzlement. A lookup warrant was executed on September 3rd of the organization by the FCSO, together with the Internal Revenue Assistance (IRS) and Volusia County Sheriff’s Place of work (VCSO).
The investigation began on August 25th, when a number of people contacted the FCSO to report that they’d been defrauded by Flagler Tax Service’s proprietor, Bob Newsholme.
Newsholme, 66, designed headlines on August 24th, after taking pictures himself in the upper body with a .380 caliber pistol and not telling anyone for 10 several hours afterward. He did survive what has been categorized as an tried suicide. Newsholme does have a criminal history prior to these allegations courting back to the 1970’s in New York: Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Issuing Undesirable Checks with Information, Forgery, and Plan to Defraud. His most recent prison cost, and arrest, was in 2004, for Grand Larceny and Plan to Defraud. More than a dozen counts are staying investigated by the FCSO at this time.
The missing resources tied into the case the FCSO is investigating whole $189,871, in accordance to the Sheriff’s Office’s statement. Numerous of Flagler Tax Service’s clients also considered Newsholme is a accredited community accountant, which he in actuality is not.
“At this time, we have no indicator that any other Flagler Tax Services staff took aspect in or had expertise of any illegal action,” stated Sheriff Rick Staly. “Thousands of paperwork and forensic product are getting analyzed as the investigation continues. It is unlucky that a person who was trustworthy in the community would just take benefit of so lots of individuals that dependable him. Our investigators will not relaxation until eventually the victims are discovered and the suspect is held accountable for his steps.”
The Sheriff’s Office also included in their assertion the adhering to discover to those who have done enterprise with Flagler Tax Support:
“FCSO is asking the neighborhood – any individual or business whose taxes have been geared up by Flagler Tax Company and has obtained a recognize from the IRS of late filings – or any individual who believes they may possibly be a sufferer to make sure you make contact with the FCSO to make a official report at 386-313-4911.
“There are presently 12 energetic cases currently being investigated for fraud against Newsholme that FCSO is investigating. If you truly feel you may possibly be a victim, remember to get hold of the FCSO by contacting 386-313-4911 to file a report. Upon submitting a report with FCSO, victims need to get hold of the IRS with their scenario selection at 800- 829-1040 (People) or 800-829-4933 (Companies). We also urge inhabitants who may not be known victims of fraud but may have experienced their tax information seized throughout the investigation of Flagler Tax Expert services to get in touch with the IRS.”