Worland Area News 11-29-18
Written by jordanmckamey on November 29, 2018
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports that an ongoing investigation by the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of three Worland residents on Sunday and charges brought before the Fifth Judicial Court for conspiring to sell heroin within 500 feet of a local school.
Aaron K. Brown, Braydan Lucas Brown and Destiny Guitierrez made an initial appearance in court on Monday, each facing one charge of Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance Within 500 Feet of a School.
Officers executed a search warrant on the Brown residence, where officers found several packets filled with a substance that field tested positive for heroin. They were packed for distribution, in addition $770 in twenty dollar bills and canisters of an unscheduled opioid-like drug called Kratom was found.
All three are currently being held on $50,000 cash bond in the Washakie County Law Enforcement center, pending pretrial proceedings. All three acknowledged the properties location to the elementary school.
If convicted, the accused could face a fine of up to $25,000 and no less than 20 years imprisonment.
The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners this week warned the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware. Wendy Corr at our Cody News Desk with the story.
The scam is especially problematic for businesses whose employees might open the malware, because the virus can spread throughout the network and potentially take months to successfully remove.
This well-known malware, known as Emotet, generally poses as specific banks and financial institutions in its effort to trick people into opening infected documents. The Summit partnership of the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry remind taxpayers to watch out for this scam.
However, in the past few weeks, the scam masqueraded as the IRS, pretending to be from “IRS Online.” The scam email carries an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar, and the subject line uses some variation of the phrase “tax transcript.”
The IRS reminds taxpayers it does not send unsolicited emails to the public, nor would it email a sensitive document such as a tax transcript, which is a summary of a tax return. If you see these using an employer’s computer, notify the company’s technology professionals.
An interim legislative panel has endorsed a bill that would seek a compact between the state of Wyoming and its two tribes on levying tobacco taxes according to an Associated Press article.
Currently, tobacco products sold on the Wind River Indian Reservation are not subject to state taxes, meaning they are cheaper to purchase on the reservation than elsewhere in the state.
The draft bill endorsed Wednesday by the Joint Revenue Committee directs the governor to negotiate a compact with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to levy the same amount of taxes on tobacco products sold on the reservation.
In exchange, the tribes would keep the revenue from the tax and be able to spend the money as they wish.
The bill will be presented to the full Legislature when it meets in January.