U.S. Attorney's Office Cracks Down on Tax Fraud, ID Theft

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By Ellis Eskew

 

It's officially tax season. And according to the us attorney's office... It's also the season for tax fraud and identity theft.

 

It's a crime that could get you up to 25 years in federal prison.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, tax fraud and identity theft run rampant especially during tax season.

"For those who think this is boring, think 1.3 million, think 1.7 million or your tax dollars going down the drain," said U.S. Attorney George Beck.

Beck says unfortunately Montgomery is number two in the nation on a per population basis for ID theft.

And he says it's a crime that has increased dramatically over the past few years.

"I think with the economy going down and electronics going up and the computer world getting very active, it has made it easier, I think, for some of the thieves to get ahead of the IRS and ahead of the safeguards that should have been, in my opinion, in place before they started the process," said Beck.

The IRS criminal investigation's unit is working closely with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office on new guidelines to expedite investigations and criminal prosecutions. They are also working with local law enforcement and the Secret Service.

"We are able to take a lot more pro-active approach to these cases, and in that we are able to get to these individuals that are committing these types of crimes earlier and be able to get convictions and money returned to the taxpayers and the U.S. government," said U.S. Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge, Clayton Slay.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, you can call the IRS identity protection hotline at 1-800-908-4490.

 

 

You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission and local police.

 

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