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Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Representatives Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Scott Rigell (R-VA) sent a letter to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) urging the subcommittee to hold a hearing on the interstate activities of the tax preparation firm "Mo Money."

The text of the letter is below:

March 8, 2012

Dear Chairman Sensenbrenner:

We write representing Congressional Districts in three states to request a hearing into the interstate activities of the tax preparation firm "Mo Money." We believe that the firm has demonstrated that its operations pose a continuing threat to order and justice across the nation.

Many customers have been left in desperate straits, such as their electricity being turned off, that they thought they would be avoiding through their anticipated refunds. Many customers of "Mo Money" have complained to our offices about problems they have encountered in their dealings with the firm in recent weeks. Customers have complained that they assigned their refund from the IRS to Mo Money and that checks from Mo Money containing their refunds would then "bounce," and Mo Money has not made good on the bounced checks. Other complaints include that they never received a refund at all, although the IRS records reflect that refunds were sent to Mo Money pursuant to the customers' assignments; that Mo Money deducted additional fees from the refund check to which the customer had not agreed; and that Mo Money submitted tax returns to the IRS that were not authorized by the customer.

Accordingly, we request that the Committee hold a hearing regarding customers' complaints about Mo Money to bring greater attention to the problems citizens are encountering with the company. This will encourage greater caution to others and expeditious resolution of claims against the firm. Below is a sampling of articles and reports describing the problems the company's practices have created.

In view of the gravity of these allegations and the number of people affected, we urge you to schedule a hearing soon to address this serious matter.

Sincerely

ROBERT C. "BOBBY" SCOTT
Member of Congress

STEVE COHEN
Member of Congress

BENNIE THOMPSON
Member of Congress

SCOTT RIGELL
Member of Congress


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