Tax supervisor, 2 others accused of $5 million fake refund scheme |

Tax supervisor, 2 others accused of $5 million fake refund scheme

DENVER (AP) ” Two people were jailed on charges of getting at least $5 million in phony tax refunds from the state and a third person is being sought, prosecutors said Monday.

One of the suspects, Michelle Cawthra, 30, was a supervisor in the state Department of Revenue and authorized fraudulent tax refunds for two associates, said Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver district attorney’s office.

Department of Revenue investigators uncovered the alleged scheme Friday and arrest warrants were issued that day, she said.

Investigators expect to uncover more losses, Kimbrough said.

Cawthra was arrested Saturday and was being held under $10 million bail on suspicion of theft and computer crime.

Andre Holliday, 41, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of theft. His bail was also set at $10 million.

An arrest warrant was issued for Hysear Don Randell, 40, also on suspicion of theft. Authorities did not know where he was Monday, Kimbrough said.

Cawthra and Holliday were being held in the Arapahoe County jail and will be transferred to the Denver jail this week, Kimbrough.

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