TAMPA — The owner of a North Tampa barbecue joint has been accused of cashing more than $300,000 in U.S. Treasury checks, the apparent fruits of stolen identity tax refund fraud.
Charvester Darryl Anthony, 51, operates Da Best Bar-B-Q, 5802 N 40th St.
He is not licensed to operate as a check casher in Florida, according to a federal criminal complaint. But he deposited 39 Treasury checks into four Bank of America accounts from September 2012 through June of last year, when the bank froze the balances and closed the accounts, an IRS investigator alleged.
Christian Daley, a special agent for IRS-Criminal Investigation, tracked down two people whose identities had been used and both said the tax returns and signatures were not theirs. Those refunds were for $4,974.90 and $2,801.73. A third check, for $8,551, was cashed seven months after its purported payee died in a nursing home. The widow told Daley the couple had not filed tax returns in years because they didn't meet the filing requirement.
Daley learned that SunTrust Bank had closed a Da Best account in March 2012 after three Treasury checks were deposited in other people's names.
Anthony, arrested last week, remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Monday. A registered sex offender in Florida, he served seven years in prison for sex offenses against a child under 16. He has previously been found guilty of marijuana possession, battery, domestic violence battery and animal cruelty, court records show.