Downtown Shakopee Tax-Preparer Raided

Mark and Ornella Hammerschmidt, who are connected with the American Group US Inc. in Shakopee, are accused of running a multi-million-dollar income-tax fraud conspiracy, the Star Tribune reports.

IRS criminal investigators say an accounting and immigrant services firm with an office in Shakopee appears to be running a multi-million-dollar income-tax fraud conspiracy, according a report by the Star Tribune.

Search warrants unsealed Tuesday in St. Paul show that federal agents seized dozens of boxes of records and computer equipment from the office of American Group US Inc. in Shakopee and the nearby residence of its married executives, Mark and Ornella Hammerschmidt, the report says.

The Star Tribune further reported that an IRS agent said in a sworn statement that American Group and the Hammerschmidts are suspected of submitting more than 700 tax returns that included dubious claims and expense deductions resulting in more than $2.5 million in refunds.

According to the American Group US Inc. website, the office in Shakopee is located at 205 Lewis Street with another office in Winter Garden, Florida. 

The site lists Mark Hammerschmidt as a "registered tax preparer with the Department of Treasury" and says he has been an "independent certified tax preparer since 2005."

It also lists O. Angelina Hammerschmidt on the website and says she began her career as a "foreign attorney," who "earned Attorney at law from the Nor Oriental de Ayacucho in Venezuela."

At the professional networking social media website, Linkedin, a Mark Hammerschmidt is profiled as the owner at American Group II Inc. in Florida.

Jenna August 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Ornella hamerschmidt committed fraud in Florida. She claimed she was a lawyer in Venezuela, not true. She tooked my money and then I had to hire a lawyer. They should be in jail. Now they moved to Minnesota to continue with their fraudulent business. Her mother tells that her son's wife is an immigration officer so, any case from their office will be denied. This people shouldn't be out the streets no more. They are criminals!!!
Luke Lalchan April 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM
You can text me 2017371184 i want to go to the fbi
Catherine Campbell December 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I also got tied up with these people and would like to know where my income taxes are from the last few years all stemming back from Kissimmee Florida and would like to also know where they are living so that I can file charges against them all for the taxes and the marriages. Thank you
Jenna December 27, 2012 at 05:35 PM
This people live in Shakopee, Minnesota. They moved because they mes up with people in Florida. They commited fraud to immigration with fake marriages and to IRS with the taxes. Now, they live as rich people with the money they tooked from inocent people and IRS. If you are in Kissimme area just go to the IRS Maitland offices and make a claim against this criminals.
Luke Lalchan April 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I am a victim i got cought with that family for 30,000 and was threaten if i go to police or officials


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