Updated:COBB COUNTY, Ga. —
State investigators have arrested a woman accused of seeking a tax refund of more than $94 million.
Now investigators say they are looking for the woman's relative, whom they say also filed a fake tax return.
Channel 2 Action News was at a Cobb County supermarket as Brigitte Jackson was arrested at the bank counter inside the store.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s $94 or $94 million. We’re going to go after you and hold you accountable,” said Georgia Department of Revenue Special Investigations Chief Josh Waites.
Investigators said Jackson tried to trick the state into paying her the fake $94 million tax refund. But investigators said they stayed one step ahead.
Waites said investigators asked Jackson to come to the supermarket to pick up her $94 million refund check. That’s when she was arrested.
She is facing five charges, including attempted theft by taking and conspiracy to defraud the state.
Waites said Jackson’s relative, Darrius White, like her, reported $99 million in income, tried to claim a mammoth refund and now faces the same charges.
Agents and police went to what turned out to be a former address and did not find White.
Waites said White is already on felony probation.
Fraud detection manager Kendra Carroll told Winne she spoke to a man who identified himself as Darrius White by phone about his alleged refund request earlier this week.
DOR financial fraud analyst Tamiko Harris said a call from Bridgitte Jackson was routed to her earlier this month.
“They kept calling to check on their refund,” said Waites.
Their phone calls were recorded, and Waites said that helped investigators bring criminal charges.