MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Moraine Police are investigating after a woman called to report that someone fraudulently filed her taxes.
Police believe there could be more victims based on evidence just discovered. They searched the Trotwood home of Esaw Brown, 35, Friday. He is also known as Shawn Brown.
Police say Brown prepared the victim’s taxes in 2011 with her permission, but filed her 2012 return without her permission.
Sergeant Jon Spencer recommends having someone you know and trust do your taxes.
“In this circumstance, what they did was they used an acquaintance that they met through a mutual friend and they didn’t actually know the person that’s responsible for his,” said Sgt. Spencer.
Police say the refunds were added to debit cards that went to Brown.
Brown is not in custody. The case will be presented to prosecutors. Potential charges include forgery, identity theft and fraud.
Call Moraine police at 535-1166 if you fear you might be a victim.