by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Victims discovering their tax refund check was
stolen say they don't know when they'll see their money.
Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh tracked down more details about the traffic stop that led police to the stolen refunds.
The officer noted in his report that he found checks and cash in the compartment for the spare tire.
"My heart sank. It really did," Brandy Carlisle said. Hers was one of the checks stolen.
The Smyrna mother said she was at the IRS office trying to track down her tax refund check when Kavanaugh called.
Carlise said she, like many others, was counting on her refund.
"I'm one of the
Channel 2 was in court as two suspects allegedly caught with an estimated $42,000 in stolen Treasury checks and $8,000 in cash told the judge they need a public defender.
Jimmy Rush, of Decatur, and Porchia Rumph, of Conyers, face more than 60 combined counts of second-degree forgery for possessing the checks.
But investigators don't know where they got them.
On Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News learned the U.S. Postal Inspector was investigating stolen mail.
Carlisle said she filed for an electronic refund. But
"So you have to do more work to get the money that you're due?" Kavanaugh asked.
"Exactly," Carlisle said.
The Secret Service also is working the case. They said victims need to contact the IRS and ask for Form 1133 to report their check stolen.