St. Pete Man Used $170M From Tax Fraud To Purchase Luxurious Automobiles, Dwelling: DOJ

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A federal convict from St. Petersburg faces fees associated to a $170 million tax fraud scheme, in accordance with a Division of Justice information launch.

Matthew Walker Meredith, 39, was charged with false claims in opposition to the federal government, theft of presidency property and cash laundering. If convicted on all counts, he faces a most penalty of 75 years in federal jail.

In 2016, he was convicted of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute Ethylone and sentenced to 3 years in jail adopted by three years of supervised launch, the DOJ mentioned.

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Meredith was launched in October 2017 and whereas on supervised launch, he started to submit claims for tax refunds to the Inside Income Service within the names of entities beneath his management, in accordance with the company.

Between August 2019 and February 2020, he submitted 5 “false and fraudulent” claims to the IRS requesting greater than $170 million in refunds, the DOJ mentioned. Within the claims, he “falsified each his revenue and withholdings.”

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The IRS despatched Meredith a test for greater than $6.3 million on Nov. 23, 2019, the company mentioned.

He deposited the test into his checking account and within the following weeks purchased a waterfront dwelling and spent greater than $840,000 on six new Mercedes Benz autos, the DOJ mentioned.

The indictment in opposition to Meredith additionally says that the U.S. authorities intends to forfeit the six autos and the property.

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