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10 Oct 2019 ATO kicks off Stay Smart Online week as online tax fraudster heads to jail

On 4 October 2019, a man charged with 106 offences has been sentenced to five years’ jail at the Brisbane District Court after it was found that he lodged 62 fraudulent income tax returns, attempting to obtain over $500,000 in refunds. 

Between August 2015 and July 2016, Mr Micah Robby Elstak used aliases to orchestrate an elaborate online job scam through various companies, ultimately stealing the identities of 52 taxpayers. 

After conducting fake interviews over the phone, Mr Elstak would email applicants to confirm they had been successful in their application for the job. He would also request a scanned copy of their driver’s licence, bank account details, tax file number and shirt size.

Mr Elstak used this information to fraudulently create myGov accounts, or if they already had an account, he used the information to take over their account and change the details as required. He would then link the myGov accounts to ATO online services where he would lodge false income tax returns in their names. The resulting refunds were credited to one of 63 bank accounts in his control.

Read more here.

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