Woman accused of filing false tax return to get $2.1 million refund

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SALEM, Ore. - A Salem woman is accused of defrauding Oregon's Department of Revenue out of $2 million by filing a false tax return and then using a state-issued debit card.
    
Court documents show Krystle Marie Reyes used the Turbo Tax preparation program to file a 2011 return showing earnings of over $3 million. The exact amount was not specified.
    
She claimed a return of $2.1 million and the state issued her a Visa debit card for that amount.

Police said Reyes then went on a spending spree, spending over $150,000 from February until May while she had the card. She bought a used van and was seen driving it for the last month, according to the documents.

Investigators said Reyes was seen using the debit card "during all transactions" captured on video at various business.
    
Officials found out about the bogus tax return when Reyes reported a second debit card was lost or stolen, police said in the court documents.

She was arrested at her home on Pine Street in Salem on Wednesday.