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Operation Stolen Treasures

Two California men use conspiracy theories to fuel a massive tax-fraud scheme:

"The Old Quest presenters told Trinidad every time he used his social security number as part of a financial transaction, he was 'creating money,' and that when he signed a loan document, the bank received nine times the amount he borrowed. They warned attendees to not try the OID process themselves because its complexity would get them into trouble. 'Leave it to the experts,' they said.

"About a week later, the pastor went to Wilson's Costa Mesa home, where she calculated the balance on his mortgages and credit cards that would be claimed as withheld income. Trinidad wrote a $2,500 check that day.

"The presenters made it sound as though Old Quest was working with lawyers and accountants. 'Who in their right mind would think lawyers would do fraudulent things?' Trinidad told investigators."
PUBLISHED: March 14, 2013
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4360 words)