Police say there may be little they can do to help a Des Moines man climb out of tax purgatory where forces beyond his control have swallowed up his tax refund of $2,696.
Harry Rios told Des Moines police that a tax preparer with H & R Block copied his bank account number incorrectly on his tax forms and his refund was deposited into the bank account of another person.
Police Detective Terry Mitchell said the money apparently has been spent or at least moved out of that account.
“They told me to call the police,” he said. Officers took a report that they labeled “fraud – theft.”
The question is who is committing fraud? The person who spent the money may have believed they were spending their own tax refund, Mitchell said.