What if my boss created a fraudulent paycheck?
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If the employer is using your tax information (social security number) to divert funds from the company, a W-2 form issued to you at the end of the year could also be fraudulent – reflecting only the amount you were actually paid – rather than the amount issued to you and taken by someone else. That could trigger an audit of your taxes that might lead you to back taxes, penalties and fines.
Even if the employer didn’t write the checks as payroll – possibly denoting them as reimbursements or expenses – you could still be in jeopardy. Quickly find the nearest DOL W&H location near you to file a complaint. Here’s information on how to contact them.
And best of luck to you!
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