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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 @ 7:03PM

To Catch a Thief

Citizens Against Government Waste, a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization, dedicated to fighting and eliminating waste in government, wrote an informative article on March 7, 2013 pertaining to the identity theft-based tax refund fraud problem facing our nation. By Leslie Paige ‘Tis the season…for tax refund fraud. And the 2012 filing…

Friday, February 8th, 2013 @ 6:19PM

Tax Refund Fraud Like ‘Crack Cocaine’ for Criminals, U.S. Attorney Says

February 6, 2013 The filing of fraudulent tax returns by money-hungry identity thieves is spreading through South Florida “like a virus” and six recent cases involving 14 defendants highlight that grim reality, federal prosecutors say. Announced on Tuesday evening, the cases reflect Florida’s dubious distinction as the identity theft capital…

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 @ 9:35PM

Castor Announces Progress in Combating Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor detailed today the progress made in the fight against identity theft and tax-related crimes, and announced the filing of new legislation to continue the momentum. Together with Rep. Rich Nugent, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and local law enforcement, Castor has pressed successfully for strong action…

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 @ 8:36PM

Miami U.S. Attorney Issues Warning and Crackdown on ID Theft

February 6, 2013 Guard your identity with your life, warns South Florida’s top law enforcement official. U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says the double whammy of ID theft and tax-refund scams are the “new Medicare fraud,” picking the pockets of hard-working people and the federal government every year for billions of…

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 @ 6:53PM

Identity Theft Crackdown Sweeps Across the Nation

Jan. 31, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department today announced the results of a massive national sweep cracking down on suspected identity theft perpetrators as part of a stepped-up effort against refund fraud and identity theft. Working with the Justice Department’s Tax Division and local U.S. Attorneys’…

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 @ 8:19PM

Identity Thieves Could Rake in $26 Billion in Tax Refunds

May 8, 2012 Criminals who file fraudulent tax returns by stealing people’s identities could rake in an estimated $26 billion over the next five years because the IRS cannot keep up with the amount of the fraud, Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George said Tuesday. “Our analysis found that, although…

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 @ 8:16PM

Fraudulent Tax Refund Attempts Caused Delays for Legitimate Taxpayers in 2012

November 9, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service identified 39.1 percent more attempts at fraudulent tax refunds last tax season than in the prior year, leading to tax refund delays early in tax season. Most tax refunds were processed on a timely basis last tax season, according to a new report…

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 @ 8:07PM

Chairmen Johnson and Herger Announce a Hearing on Removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare Cards

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) today announced that the Subcommittees will hold a joint hearing on removing Social Security numbers from beneficiaries’ Medicare cards. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, August 1,…

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 @ 7:58PM

IRS Boosts Staff in Tax Refund Fraud

The Internal Revenue Service is tripling the number of staff members nationwide who are dedicated to addressing the issue of identity theft tax refund fraud, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said. Castor, the Tampa Democrat, said she was briefed Friday by IRS officials regarding progress the agency is making to tackle…

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 @ 7:45PM

Feds Change Procedures to Speed Tax Fraud Prosecutions

After prodding from U.S. attorneys facing what one calls “a tsunami” of tax refund fraud, the Justice Department on Tuesday issued a directive designed to speed prosecutions. U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill said the directive represents “a seismic shift” in the way tax prosecutions are handled. No longer will federal prosecutors…

Monday, February 4th, 2013 @ 8:30PM

IRS Says Tax-Related Identity Theft Is Rising

“Tax fraud through identity theft has become an ordinary street crime,” Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, told a panel of witnesses during a March 20 hearing on the IRS’s response to the problem. “All the fraudster has to do is…

Monday, February 4th, 2013 @ 8:24PM

2009 Security Breaches and Database Breaches

In the last five years, approximately 500 million records containing personal identifying information of United States residents stored in government and corporate databases was either lost or stolen. Since little attention was given to database breaches prior to 2005, it is safe to assume that every man, woman and child…

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