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Tax Fraud in Oregon

OPB | Sept. 18, 2012 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:02 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Revenue is working on regaining public trust after failing to catch the largest tax fraud in state history. State officials discovered Krystle Reyes’s $2.1 million fraud after Reyes reported her debit card had been lost or stolen. The department determined that four employees were responsible for the enormous oversight. Department director Jim Bucholz elected to reprimand the employees rather than firing any of them, citing advice he received from labor lawyers about the situation. 

In his recent testimony before a legislative committee, Bucholz highlighted the fact that Oregon’s Department of Revenue has caught more and more tax fraud cases every year. The reason for the increase is unclear, but it’s part of a national trend.

What questions do you have for Oregon Department of Revenue director Jim Bucholz?


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