Los Angeles (April 13, 2004) -- A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted a North Hollywood accountant for allegedly defrauding clients out of more than $100,000, in part by falsely telling them that they were being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

David Scott Halcrow, 54, owner of Halcrow & Co. in Studio City, was indicted on 17 counts of mail fraud and six counts of possessing forged checks. Halcrow, who also used the name David Tate Scott, allegedly sent sham notices to some clients informing them that they'd been selected for IRS audits, persuaded them to hire him for the fake audits, and solicited retainer fees and billed additional fees to represent them before the IRS. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of California, he used the scheme to defraud clients out of approximately $14,342.

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