Thieves steal thousands of South Floridians’ IDs to file fake tax refunds – January 10, 2013

Friday, January 11th, 2013 @ 7:18PM

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According to the article a couple arrived at a restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale ready to do business. The product they were selling: a flash drive with 700,000 stolen identifications that could be used to file fraudulent tax returns and rake in millions of dollars, according to federal documents.

According to this article, Federal officials have stepped up an aggressive crackdown by a special task force with separate units in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

According to the article, the task force has arrested and charged about 100 defendants since October, said Alicia Valle, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. They are responsible for claiming more than $40 million in fraudulent refunds, she said.

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