The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General announced Friday the arrest of a man who they allege scammed and stole over $76 thousand from his clients by claiming he was filing their tax returns.
According to a report from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, authorities arrested Nick J. Chacanias, 55, of Slatington, Thursday and filed criminal charges relating to a three-year scam that Chacanias perpetrated on eight different clients from York, Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties.
Authorities said in all six cases, Chacanias forged tax filings to make it appear to his clients as if he had filed their tax returns with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue or the Internal Revenue Service when, in fact, he never filed their returns.
Chacanias is accused of pocketing money by cashing 72 checks from his clients.
According to the AG’s office, Chacanias owned and operated various companies in York County as part of his scheme.
Chacanias was charged with theft by deception, forgery, and related charges for a crime spanning between 2012 and 2015.
Chacanias was arraigned on the charges in York and his bail was set at $15 thousand. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 18.
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