Tax preparers arrested after attempting to rob woman of refund check

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Posted on February 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 9 at 6:12 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Three tax preparers are accused of using a gun to try to a big cut of a customer’s refund check last week.

Darryl Black, 20, Chester Wilson, 40, and Audrey Barnes, 20, have been charged with attempted armed robbery after allegedly using a gun to force customers at a Western Tax Service to give money for their refund checks.

According to police, the workers at Western Tax Service on West Florissant called the victim to tell her that her refund check was in.  When the victim arrived, she was shown a weapon and was told a certain amount of money from her check was going to be given to them.

The victim was then told to drive two miles to a liquor store to cash the check and give them one thousand dollars.  The victim then called the police to meet her at the store where they arrested the three suspects.

People are urged to contact police if this type of scheme has happened to them.

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