Identity Thieves Filed For $4 Million In Tax Refunds Using Names Of Living And Dead

06/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The thieves operated their scheme for at least three years from January 2005 to April 2008, allegedly filing more than 1,900 fraudulent tax returns involving about $4 million in refunds directed to more than 170 bank accounts. The conspirators used numerous fake IDs to open internet and phone accounts, and also used more than 175 different IP addresses around the United States to file the fake returns, which were often filed in bulk as if through an automated process.

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