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Third suspect arrested in alleged tax refund scam

DENVER – A third suspect was arrested Tuesday in an alleged scheme to collect at least $5.3 million in phony state tax refunds and other tax payments.Hysear Don Randell, 40, was a passenger in a rented Cadillac Escalade that was pulled over on Interstate 25 in Denver, district attorney’s spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said.She did not say why the car had been pulled over. The driver and another passenger, whose names were not released, were being questioned, Kimbrough said.Michelle Cawthra, 30, a supervisor for the state Department of Revenue, and Andre Holliday, 41, were arrested Saturday. An arrest warrant affidavit described Cawthra as Randell’s boyfriend and Holliday as an associate of Randell’s.Prosecutors alleged Cawthra approved phony tax refunds for Randell and Holliday and approved transfers of estimated-tax payments from other taxpayers’ accounts into Randell’s and Holliday’s.Cawthra, who was been placed on administrative leave, was being held for investigation of theft and computer crimes. Her bail was set at $10 million.Holliday and Randell were held for investigation of theft. Holliday’s bail was set at $10 million. No bail had been set for Randell.


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