Chicago Tax Preparer Faces Fraud Charges

On Wednesday morning, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she has filed a lawsuit to shut down a Chicago tax preparer for defrauding consumers. Madigan filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court to shut down Su Familia Income Tax and its operators Michelle Lopez, Melissa Gasca and Vanessa Campos. The lawsuit alleges Su Familia, at 2638 W. 51st St. in Chicago, purports to offer low-cost tax preparation services for a fee of about $150. Madigan alleges, Su Familia signs consumers up for unnecessary and expensive tax-related financial products and deducts significant additional fees from consumers’ tax refunds without their knowledge. These undisclosed fees are typically $500 per person but can be over $1,000 and in some cases account for over 50 percent of a consumer’s expected tax refund.

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