Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Signs of tax refund fraud found in home of man targeted in shooting

TAMPA — Deputies have found evidence that the intended victim of a September shooting had been committing tax fraud, a court document filed last week states.

Jawaun Jackson, 30, told deputies that two men he didn't recognize shot at him Sept. 29 as he left his Egypt Lake area apartment.

Jackson's girlfriend, who is not named in the federal court document, told deputies that she and Jackson were "doing TurboTax," which authorities say refers to stealing other people's identities to file fraudulent returns.

After the shooting attempt, the girlfriend let deputies into Jackson's apartment. They found TurboTax paperwork, a laptop, a safe with $102,230 and a handgun, the document states.

Jackson had $4,900 in his pocket.

Jackson was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has not been charged with tax fraud, records show.

In March, Tampa police Detective Sal Augeri told Senate lawmakers that local authorities had seen a "dramatic increase" in violence aimed at those committing tax fraud.

Word had gotten out, he said, that these people have large amounts of money.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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