Operation Rainmaker Uncovers More Than 130 Million in Tax Fraud

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Task Force Members: United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, State Attorney’s Office 13th Judicial Circuit, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Details: The Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office discovered the tax scam a year ago and began investigating it on a case-by-case basis. The agencies quickly realized the scam was taking place in epic proportions and joined forces with the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. They formed the “Cash Back” Task Force in March to tackle the epidemic. The task force uncovered various schemes the defendants utilized to cash the illegally obtained treasury funds. Task Force Results:

$100 Million - Intercepted Tax Dollars

$5 Million Recovered Tax Dollars and Assets

$25 Million Stolen Tax Dollars

49 Arrests

Operation Rainmaker culminated this week with the execution of six search warrants. Five of the search warrants targeted businesses that are laundering stolen tax dollars. The sixth search warrant was executed at a suspect’s home. All of the suspects are facing charges for utilizing fake identities to file fraudulent tax returns online.

The 19 suspects arrested in the two-day operation are as follows:

Micah Alexander
Jeff Borgelin
Kenyarta Gaines
Alexis Harrison
Shelia Allen
Damien Harrison
Serio Miller
Eric Ingram
Mequisi Logan
Bobby Mosley Jr.
Deemma Coleman
Derrick Parker
Marterrance “Quat” Holloway
Kenneth Goodson
Quincey Wimbley
Janica Bullock

The task force executed search warrants on five local businesses resulting in the following arrests:

Raid Faria - Palace Fashions, 2525 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa
Reem Faria - Suit World, 5202 N. 22nd Street, Tampa
Russell Simmons Jr. – Simmons Auto Sales, 4615 N. 34th Street, Tampa

Laura McElroy