Finally some arrests in the ongoing IRS phone and tax refund scams

Finally some arrests in the ongoing IRS phone and tax refund scams

If we have learned anything in the digital age, tax refund fraud and identity theft have become enormous problems. When technology, law enforcement and consumers finally catch up to the thieves, time will only tell.

But there seems to be some recent headway with some high profile arrests and even long prison terms.

IRS Phone Scam Ringleader Sahil Patel Gets 14-Year Sentence

An IRS phone scam based in India was stopped, and ringleader Sahil Patel was sentenced to 175 months in prison and $1 million in forfeiture for his role in organizing the U.S. side of a massive fraud and extortion ring. Read more at Accounting Today...

Feds bust 40 suspects in ID theft-fraud takedown in South Florida

The U.S. Attorney in South District of Florida, announced the arrest of 42 people involved with Identity theft and fraud that involved intended losses of $21 million. Read more at the Miami Herald...

Tax Refund Fraud: Three Milwaukee sisters face 90 felony charges for filing fraudulent tax returns

A complex tax refund scam allegedly run by the Staten sisters was broken up when the Milwaukee County District Attorney arrested the three sisters on charges that they filed 2,000 fraudulent tax returns over a two year period. Read more at Fox6Now...

FBI Release: Seventeen Charged in Connection with Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Involving Student Financial Services Accounts

Seventeen people were arrested in Miami, 14 of whom were students at Miami Dade college. They allegedly stole the identities of 644 victims that resulted in an intended loss of $1.9 million. Using stolen identities, the defendants or their co-conspirators submitted fraudulent tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. These tax returns directed the tax refunds into bank accounts controlled by the defendants. The group targeted mostly fellow students. Read more at

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