A Virginia Congressman is calling for a federal investigation into a local tax business. In a letter to the US Attorney General, Congressman Bobby Scott asks for ain in-depth look at "alleged fraudulent or criminal actions of 'Mo Money Taxes'".
The BBB tells us thousands of claims have been filed nationally against Mo' Money. Customers say they are owed thousands of dollars, and they're worried Mo' Money is making empty promises.
Andre Chiles stopped by Mo' Money Taxes Wednesday, just to make sure her check is still coming.
"I'm worried that I'm not going to get my refund and in speaking with the IRS, they already told me that it's out of their hands once the money is dispersed," said Chiles.
She says the employees at this Mechanicsville Turnpike store promised her that she'd get a check. Tuesday, employees here locked us out when we tried to ask questions. Wednesday, they invited us inside.
The men behind these doors wouldn't go on camera, but they tell us this is not a scam. They say the money's coming. It will be here on Friday and they already have those checks printing.
They say the stores on hull Street and Belt Boulevard had to shut down because the employees felt threatened after several verbal and physical threats. We checked with Richmond Police and they did not have a report indicating the responded to the scene.
In Mechanicsville, a police officer sat outside the building for part of the day.
Nationwide, concern about the company's credibility is mounting.
"Then we started getting complaints here about Mo Money and people not receiving their refunds when they were promised to get refunds right in the later half of January," said Tom Gallagher with the BBB.
The BBB says Mo Money promised big returns and offered a $50 cash incentive to file with the company.
"I'm talking into a couple of thousands of dollars," said Tom Gallagher with Richmond's Better Business Bureau, as he described the returns promised. "Mo Money would file electronically for them and the people walked out with no papers at all."
For now, they have no refund either.
"The only thing you can do is just hope and pray, you know? It's happening everywhere. Everybody is scared about are we going to get our money. We just hoping that we do get it," said Chiles.
We spoke with an accountant with the Virginia Society of CPAs. He says tax filers are federally mandated to give the tax payer a copy of his or her documents, whether paper or electronic.
We checked with Richmond Police. They say one report has been filed, but they'll investigate on a case by case basis. They say some cases may require customers to get an attorney to take action.