An Ozark, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for filing false income tax returns after he advertised on Craigslist to purchase identity information for children that he could claim as dependents.
Raheem L. McClain, 37, of Ozark, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Feb. 23, 2016. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon McClain’s arrest and initial court appearance on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
The federal indictment alleges that McClain caused an advertisement to be posted on Craigslist on Jan. 16, 2015, stating:
“WANTED: KIDS TO CLAIM ON INCOME TAXES – $750 (SPRINGFIELD,
IF YOU HAVE SOME KIDS YOU ARENT CLAIMING, I WILL PAY YOU A
$750 EACH TO CLAIM THEM ON MY INCOME TAX. IF INTERESTED,
REPLY TO THIS AD.”
On Feb. 3, 2015, McClain allegedly caused a false federal tax return to be electronically signed and filed in his name for 2014, which listed three dependents by name, Social Security number and supposed relationship (two sons and one daughter).
On Feb. 4, 2015, McClain allegedly caused two false federal tax returns to be filed through the mail in his name for 2012 and 2013. Each of the returns listed the same three dependents, the indictment says; however, on these two returns the same individuals were listed as one son and two daughters.