Taxpayer alleges tax return service breached fiduciary duty

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 2, 2017

WHEELING — A North Carolina woman is suing a tax return business, alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

Cathy S. Goodman filed a complaint Feb. 9 in Ohio Circuit Court against Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, K.R. Enterprises Inc. and Jeremy Evans, alleging violation of the Computer Crime and Abuse Act.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 22, 2014, Goodman went to Jackson Hewitt to prepare and file her 2013 tax return. As a result of identity theft, the suit says, Goodman did not receive her tax refunds and was forced to undergo monetary difficulties and incurred additional expenses to file her 2015 tax return. 

The plaintiff alleges Evans used Goodman's information and forged her signature to file her 2014 income tax returns and that Jackson Hewitt and K.R. Enterprise failed to properly train and supervise Evans.

Goodman seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, plus penalties, pre- and post-judgment interest, and all other just and proper relief. She is represented by attorneys Jason E. Causey and James G. Bordas Jr. of Bordas & Bordas PLLC in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and by Eric J. Buckner of Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner PLLC in Princeton.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 17-c-41

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