Feds in Fla. arrest 40 in ID theft-tax crackdown
MIAMI (AP) -- Federal authorities in South Florida say they've arrested 40 people in separate cases involving thousands of stolen identities used to commit tax fraud.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says Miami has the highest identity theft rate in the nation at about 324 complaints for every 100,000 residents. And the city's rate of false income tax returns based on stolen identities is 46 times the national average.
The 40 arrests announced Wednesday were the latest under a new federal strike force in South Florida that includes the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service and others. Ferrer says so far this year 79 people have been charged in cases involving nearly $40 million in fraudulent tax returns filed using stolen identities.
Victims have included police officers, Holocaust survivors, even dead people.
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