ID Theft Stings Captain D’s Franchisee

Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The Internal Revenue Service is investigating a case of stolen identity in Roswell – only the victim was not an individual, but a business, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The owner of Seagate Foods, which operates Captain D’s seafood restaurants in metro Atlanta, notified authorities that someone apparently had gotten hold of his company’s taxpayer identification number, Roswell police said.

The fraudsters created more than 100 fake W-2 forms to report in excess of $4 million in nonexistent salaries to state and federal agencies, authorities said. It likely was a scheme to collect fraudulent tax refunds, they said.

In the end, Seagate was left owing more than $800,000 in payroll taxes.


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