Philadelphia Police Officer and His Brother Arrested for Tax Fraud

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Jose Tirado, 38, an officer in the 25th District of the Philadelphia Police Department, was arrested this morning. He and his brother, Victor Tirado, 38, are charged with multiple federal crimes relating to what United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and IRS Special Agent-in-Charge Akeia Conner call a tax-fraud conspiracy.

According to the indictment, which was unsealed today, the brothers obtained names, dates of birth, and Social Security Numbers of individuals, including children, with which Officer Tirado allegedly prepared federal individual income tax returns that falsely and fraudulently inflated earned income amounts in order to obtain tax refunds that included Earned Income Tax Credits. In some cases, the indictment alleges, Jose Tirado also listed false dependents on the tax returns.

Authorities say he then filed the false income tax returns with the IRS in electronic form using TurboTax®, with tax return funds to be deposited into one of two Bank of America accounts.

The indictment delivered by the grand jury also names “other individuals, known and unknown to the grand jury,” who along with Officer Tirado and his brother received tax refunds issued by the IRS which totaled $507,974.

Both Jose and Victor are charged with conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims; Jose is additionally charged with 14 counts of false claims, Victor  with 3 counts of false claims.

According to the US Attorney’s Office District of Eastern Pennsylvania, if convicted of all counts, Jose Tirado faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison, restitution of $407,787.94, up to five years of supervised release, a fine of up to $3.75 million, and a $1,500 “special assessment.”

His brother Victor Tirado faces a maximum statutory sentence of 25 years in prison, mandatory restitution of $407,787.94, up to five years of supervised release, a fine of up to $1,000, and a $400 “special assessment.”

The Philadelphia Police Department reports that Officer Tirado is currently on 30 day suspension, with the intent to dismiss him from the force.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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