No Bond for Women Accused in Tax Refund Heist

Authorities say women stole nearly $290k from as many as 60 clients

By Anthony Ponce and BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Chicago Oddities: A Collection of Weird News Tales

Shutterstock

Two women accused of stealing tax information and tax returns from as many as 60 clients of an H&R Block location in Indiana will remain in federal custody.

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Two women accused of stealing tax information and tax returns from as many as 60 clients of an H&R Block location in Indiana will remain in federal custody.

U.S. District Magistrate Paul Cherry on Wednesday denied bond to 35-year old Rosetta Buchanan and 32-year old Francesca Foster.

"We are very disappointed that the judge didn't release her on bond today. She's got two very young kids that their grandmother's looking after right now," said Sean Harrison, Foster's Attorney.

Harrison said he doesn't believe there is strong evidence linking his client to this crime.

Foster works for H&R Block in East Chicago and had access to all of the clients' personal information, such as Social Security numbers, addresses and wages, according to a criminal complaint.

Authorities say she used the information to file early tax returns through an online company and provided various bank accounts in which the tax refunds should be deposited.
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out