New Laws Urged to Cut ‘Epidemic’ of ID Theft

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 8:17PM

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By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel
6:12 a.m. EDT, April 16, 2013

As South Floridians rushed to file their taxes on Monday, congressional lawmakers said they would push for tougher laws to help cut down on what law enforcement officials continue to call an “epidemic” of tax-related theft in the region.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said she will reintroduce legislation to enact tougher penalties against identity thieves.
“This is becoming such a burgeoning problem — I think we are going to get this bill passed this time,” Wasserman Schultz said as she spent Monday morning at an Income Tax Assistance site where low- and moderate-income people got their federal taxes prepared free of charge just in time for the tax deadline.

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