Truckee tax preparer arrested for fraud
TRUCKEE Local police helped arrest a suspect this week who they say illegally spent other peoples tax refunds last year. According to the Truckee Police Department, Valerie Crystal Guerrero, a 31-year-old Sparks, Nev., resident, was a tax preparer for Handamp;R Block in Truckee last year when she allegedly issued three refunds by way of prepaid debit cards without permission.She got them and spent all the money on the cards, said Sgt. Tim Hargrove of the Truckee Police Department. She represented the peoples names on the card.Police said it appeared she pulled the victims files from the office and did not directly work with them.Handamp;R Block spokesperson Elizabeth McKinley confirmed the three cases.”Handamp;R Block has a zero tolerance for fraud,” McKinley wrote in a statement. “This incident is certainly not representative of the expert tax service we guarantee. The employee is no longer with the company.”The Nevada Fraud Task Force originally arrested Guerrero on Feb. 24 this year in Nevada and booked her into the Washoe County Jail for fraud in the Reno area. On March 3, she was arrested again in Reno for alleged fraud in Truckee.Guerrero has been booked into the Washoe County jail nine times since 2002, for crimes including battery with a deadly weapon, the recent fraud and for traffic offenses.Guerrero was released on $50,000 bond. Police are asking that anyone who had their taxes done at the Handamp;R Block branch in Truckee in the past year, and who is worried that their 2008 taxes may have been filed without their authorization, to contact their local IRS office, or their local police department.Its very very possible there may be other victims, Sgt. Hargrove said.