Fraud Suit Targets Tax Preparation Firms In Chicago

March 05, 2019 - 6:31 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – As the income tax filing season ramps up, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is suing a tax prep service on the South Side of Chicago.

The attorney general’s office is asking a Cook County judge to shut down some income tax preparers connected to Nu Republic and Refund Republic.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, the A.G.’s office accused the Georgia-based companies, their owner Andre Amos Crooks and its Chicago operators of fraud.

The suit claims the companies charged customers excessive fees and did shoddy income tax work -- leading to errors, unfiled returns and customers getting audited by the IRS. 

One customer of the office at 79th and Drexel claims she was charged $600 in fees for filing services, twice what she was quoted.

The attorney general's office says Nu Republic processed 1,800 returns in Illinois during last tax season alone.

If you want to file a complaint about tax refund services, the attorney general's office says call their fraud hotline or checkout their website.

WBBM has reached out to Nu Republic for comment.