IRS concerned about bogus tax return refund scam

Created: 04/11/2014 9:07 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

It seems all it takes is an Internet connection, some stolen identities and a keen desire to get money by ripping off the government. And so far, the Internal Revenue Service says there are more than a few schemes around to get the tax agency to fork over nearly $4 million in fraudulent tax refunds last year alone.

Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the "scale, scope and execution of these fraud schemes" has grown substantially. So has the reaction by law enforcement. In the past year, the Justice Department has charged 880 people with submitting bogus claims using stolen information. Even the AG himself isn't immune from the schemes.

Two men pleaded guilty in Georgia last year to trying to get a tax refund by using Eric Holder's Social Security number and date of birth on tax forms.

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