Restaurant worker is served charges in tax-fraud case

A Daly City woman was arrested this week for allegedly cheating her co-workers of tax return monies, police said.

Editha Bonifacio, 49, who worked as a restaurant cashier in Colma, was arrested in her home Thursday night for fraudulently using others’ identities to file taxes, according to the Colma Police Department.

After receiving a report from the restaurant where Bonifacio used to work, Detective Cecilia Garay discovered that Bonifacio allegedly solicited to prepare tax returns for as many as 10 of her fellow employees. Police said she created nonexistent dependants and used fraudulent Social Security numbers to obtain larger tax refunds without any knowledge or consent of the victims.

The refund checks were then sent to her instead of the other employees. The employees learned of the scam only when they were contacted by the Internal Revenue Service.

With assistance from San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force agents, Colma and Daly City police detectives searched Bonifacio’s home on Templeton Avenue in Daly City, where they found W-2 tax forms belonging to the victims as well as EZ-file forms and other IRS documents.

Police also found two glass pipes that may have been used for smoking methamphetamine.

Bonifacio was booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of fraudulent, unauthorized, criminal use of another’s identity, grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $100,000, police said.

Police did not reveal the name of the restaurant where Bonifacio worked.

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