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

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 @ 9:16PM

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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 dollars.

“We need to protect our personal identities as best we can,” Ferrer told The Miami Herald. “One of the best ways to protect yourself is to file your tax returns as early as possible to beat the criminals to the punch.”

The Miami area, infamous for its smorgasbord of fraud schemes, is among the worst spots for what he described as an “epidemic” ID-theft crime wave. To drive home his point at the height of the tax season, Ferrer’s office unveiled the latest prosecutions of 14 defendants in a variety of tax-refund rackets.

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