Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-12-03 00:00:00 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is accused of being behind a bar, taking people’s unemployment and using disinformation to get a job at H & R Block. This is neither the first nor the second time he has been caught.
Russell Maze started as an employee of H & R Block this year, but it wasn’t long before he realized that his unemployment allowance had stopped shortly after his tax promise with Maze. She says the tax returner requested login information for New Mexico Workforce Solutions.
“They thought we needed to provide this information to tax preparation professionals,” Det said. Weilin Proctor of Bernarijo County Sheriff’s Office. “They were able to get information about our first victim and trace it back to the bank account that was receiving her unemployment insurance.”
She says Maze was the only other person who knew her account information, and later over $ 1,400 for missing unemployment, she knew something was happening. As BCSO detectives began to dig deeper into Workforce Solutions, they realized that Wells Fargo’s bank account associated with Maze also brought over $ 700 in unemployment funds from another person.
“After I talked to the victims, they didn’t even know they were qualified and didn’t even get unemployment insurance benefits,” Proctor said. “There was little idea that they were benefiting from anything.”
Sure enough, the second person said he also paid taxes at the H & R Block on 2nd Avenue near Osuna. According to court records, this is neither Maze’s first or second fraudulent charge.
A year after being charged with credit card and personal information theft in 2018, he was convicted of counterfeiting when he applied for a job at Los Poblanos. When his application was flagged as a criminal record, an employee claimed he was a victim of personal information theft and appeared to be misusing two legal terms in a forged court. You say you created the document. Los Pobranos reported Maze to the police after the court confirmed that the document was false.
So how could he pass the H & R Block background check? — So what about his recent work at a hospitality company? The proctor says Maze used his mother’s Social Security number. It was not linked to a known criminal record.
“I don’t know. I think many of these big companies have contractors to do their background checks,” says Proctor. “I don’t think these people are really checking if the name matches the name on the Social Security number because it’s a very decentralized process. Past criminal history, etc. Names and social security, and they just pass them on. “
Detectives say that even with the warrants, the COVID-19 backlog only delayed the acquisition of evidence for these types of cases. The proctor says it took several months to get the bank statements and employment documents from the companies needed for the arrest.
“I had to submit another warrant to Wells Fargo, but that warrant didn’t come back until early November. It took months to start putting together all the different documents from legal proceedings.” Said Proctor. “It will take a long time for these white-collar workers to come to mind just because it takes a long time to get a record.”
After a month of investigation, BCSO detained Maze this week. Based on his records, Proctor says it cannot rule out the possibility that Maze will do the same in the future.
KRQE News 13 asked H & R Block for comment. They say they are aware of the situation, but cannot comment because the proceedings are ongoing. Maze is currently behind the MDC bar and faces four felony scams and two personal information thefts.
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