A woman who authorities say filed a fraudulent tax return to the tune of $94 million in Cobb County, Georgia, was arrested after attempting to claim her check at a local bank. I dunno guys, it sounds pretty legit to me.
According to Channel 2 Action News, when the Georgia Department of Revenue got a hold of Brigitte Jackson's humongous return, they hatched their own plot to defraud the fraud. Apparently, Jackson as well as her cousin Darrius White, who filed a $99 million return (flew too close to the sun, bro), repeatedly called the Department of Revenue to confirm their refund.
So investigators requested that Jackson come to a grocery store bank counter to pick up that check for $94, 323,148, which they actually printed. When she came to cash it in, authorities promptly arrested her, charging her with attempted theft by taking and conspiracy to defraud the state. As Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports*:
"It doesn't matter if it's $94 or $94 million," Special Investigations Chief Josh Waites told Channel 2. "We're going to go after you and hold you accountable."
And she would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids at the Georgia Department of Revenue!
*Let it be known that Mark Winne, the WSBTV correspondent that broke this story is the greatest journalist alive right now. He got a flu shot while staking out the situation in the grocery store, and then took HORIZONTAL video footage of Jackson's arrest on his camera phone. And then he used the term "flimflam" as a verb. The man's a genius.
Image via WSBTV.