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A Chinese proverb states that “wealth shall not pass three generations.” For the Tarin family, this is true, since the first two generations built their wealth on fraud, and the third generation is going to be left paying the legal fees. In March of 2023, a Colorado grand jury indicted five Tarin family members on charges related to unemployment insurance fraud and tax fraud. They weren’t working together as one cohesive team, but it looks they were sharing tips on how to commit fraud at the dinner table.

Robert Tarin, Jr., is accused of getting over $30,000 in unemployment benefits by giving the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment false information, starting in July of 2020. He reported on his unemployment application that he shut down his towing business due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. However, Tarin forgot to mention his fencing business which was open and thriving in a pandemic that spurred home improvement projects. It turns out that Tarin didn’t shut down the towing business either. Tarin failed to report on his 2020 and 2021 state income tax returns any income from the fence and towing businesses. And he also didn’t disclose the income from his unemployment fraud business.

Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. There were other Tarin family members in court with Junior too. Tarin’s parents, Ramon Roberto Tarin-Deleon and Ana Maria Tarin, were indicted for allegedly reporting false business income for their restaurant, Taqueria Rancho Alegre, for the 2020 tax year. Mom and Pop now face income tax return fraud. And last but not least, Junior’s Aunt and Uncle got their time in court. Luz and Adrian Tarin have been accused of gross sales for their Greeley restaurant, Taqueria Rancho Alegre, and for failing to pay sales tax on undisclosed business income for tax years 2018 through 2020.

Kudos to the Colorado Drug Task Force who first the case against the Tarin family and expanded it to include the Department of Revenue.

Today’s Fraud Of The Day is based on article “Five members of northern Colorado family indicted on fraud charges” published by CBS Colorado on April 2, 2023

In what began as a regional drug investigation, five members of a northern Colorado family were indicted last month of fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic and putting false information in their tax returns.

State prosecutors have charged the family members with 13 counts – eight of them against a single family member.

Twenty-six-year-old Robert Tarin Jr. of Berthoud faces one count each of theft and cybercrime-theft, and two counts each of attempt to influence a public official, forgery, and filing a false tax return. All are felonies.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.