Every year, dozens of people are criminally indicted for conspiring to steal the IDs of other people to obtain millions in fraudulent tax refunds from the U.S. government. For example, 11 South Florida defendants were charged at the beginning of February with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by stealing the identities of nearly 7,000 people, including more than 2,700 who were dead, to file fraudulent tax returns, according to federal prosecutors. Miami Herald even notes that this could be the new Medicare fraud in South Florida.
Moreover, in a separate case, three defendants were sentenced to over 6 years in prison for filing false income-tax claims with the IRS by using the stolen identities of foreign nationals.
Since thousands of people are affected each year by identity theft, make sure you pay attention to your personal information and who has access to it, and read all the correspondence you receive from the IRS. Moreover, check your credit reports and make sure you notify the authorities and hire legal counsel when you suspect something is wrong, especially if issues arise with the IRS.
Nevertheless, take extra-precautions when you are in the possession and under responsibility of managing the personal information and data of other individuals. You want to avoid getting involved in criminal situations of this type and being accused with different misdemeanors and felonies related to identity theft and false tax returns. Everyone should show increased caution when dealing with personal and financial data, in order to avoid criminal charges and legal issues with the IRS. If you find yourself involved in this type of legal problems, accused of identity theft, fraudulent tax returns or complicity in this kind of offenses, make sure you hire the best criminal lawyer you can find, since this is a very serious criminal offense.