IRS Gets Help Fighting Identity Theft Tax Fraud

Monday, March 18th, 2013 @ 5:46PM

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The number of IRS criminal investigators in the Tampa area more than doubled Friday when 30 officers from 10 state and local agencies were sworn in as IRS deputies.

The additional manpower is part of a comprehensive effort to combat the identity theft tax refund fraud that has exploded in the area the last few years, allowing criminals to steal hundreds of millions of federal taxpayer dollars locally and billions nationwide.

Until Friday, there were fewer than 25 IRS criminal investigators assigned to the area, according to James Robnett, the local agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations.

Deputizing the officers with the IRS will allow them some access to taxpayer information needed for investigations and will help with cases that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

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