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CFEG researches and reports on fraud, waste and abuse within the federal government with the goal of educating the public, the Congress and preventing and eliminating it through legislative and program initiatives.

IRS Employee Charged With Unlawful Disclosure Of Suspicious Activity Reports
Analyst Provided Information to a Los Angeles Attorney and a New York Reporter SAN FRANCISCO – A federal criminal complaint,
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IRS employee charged with tax fraud
MEMPHIS, TN — Linda Williams of Memphis, Tennessee, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax examiner, was indicted for defrauding the IRS
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24 Current And Former IRS Employees Indicted For Benefits Fraud
Memphis, TN – United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced today
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IRS Employee Charged in $1 Million ID Theft Tax Fraud Scheme
BIRMINGHAM — Federal officials today announced arrests and charges in a stolen identity tax-refund scheme believed to involve more than
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FBI lawyer under criminal investigation altered document to say Carter Page ‘was not a source’ for another agency
The FBI became close to correcting a mistake in the third and final warrant application renewal targeting onetime Trump campaign
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FBI’s Wray Acts Fast to Make Changes After Scathing Report
WASHINGTON—FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered more than 40 changes in how the bureau seeks secret surveillance warrants and handles
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Justice Department Accused of Abusing Process to Extend Statute of Limitations
Justice Department lawyers have improperly used requests for overseas evidence to buy more time to bring some fraud cases, a
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Former Department of Justice Attorney Pleads Guilty To Obstruction Of Justice and Interstate Transportation Of Stolen Property
CFEG reports that United States Attorney, Brian J. Stretch, announced that on November 29, 2017, a former Department of Justice
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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Return Preparer Indicted for Scheme to Receive False Tax Refunds
CFEG reports that on October 1, 2019, in a federal district court in the Southern District of Texas, an IRS
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Temporary IRS Employee Sentenced for Theft of Federal Tax Remittances
CFEG reports that on April 5, 2019, in the Western District of North Carolina, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) temporary
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What is the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Problem?

In general, tax-related identity theft occurs when an individual intentionally uses the Social Security number (SSN) of another person to file a false tax return with the intention of ob­taining an unauthorized refund. Identity theft wreaks havoc on our tax system in many ways. Victims of identity theft not only must deal with the aftermath of an emotionally draining crime, but may also have to deal with the IRS for years to untangle the resulting tax account problems. Identity theft also impacts the public fisc, as Treasury funds are diverted to pay out improper refunds claimed by opportunistic perpetrators. In addition, identity theft takes a significant toll on the IRS, tying up limited resources that it could otherwise shift to taxpayer service or compliance initiatives

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Committee For Efficient Government reports that the House Ways and Means Committee held an Oversight Hearing on Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud and cyber security issues on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m….

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