Millions in Tax Returns Obtained Through Massive Identity Theft Conspiracy

Haldan Kirsch reports:

Federal investigators in Western Pennsylvania have uncovered a national identity theft scheme that has been in operation for nearly a decade. Thieves used stolen IDs to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and file fake tax returns that caused the IRS to pay millions in fraudulent funds.

Five suspects from New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee are being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton says that the fraud was first detected in December of 2012.

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