Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IRS Agent Charged with ID Thefts for Tax Fraud

An IRS agent has been charged with identity theft and tax refund fraud (SIRF).

He used his position to access taxpayers' personal identifying information (PII) and then used that information to perpetrate a fraudulent tax refund scheme. “Allegations of aggravated identity theft committed by an IRS employee who bears the responsibility for protecting taxpayers from such crimes are particularly reprehensible," according to Melissa Chedotal, Special Agent in Charge for TIGTA’s Atlanta Field Division

"personal identification information contained in these false and fraudulent tax returns [i.e., names, dates of birth, and social security numbers], came into [his] possession by virtue of his employment as an IRS Special Agent.”."
- US Attorney, Southern District Alabama
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Sources:
(a) Two Birmingham Area Men Charged With Filing False Tax Returns, Theft Of Public Monies, Wire Fraud, And Aggravated Identity Theft - www.Justice.gov, 05/05/2015

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