Time and time again, I have seen, known or heard of men and women in prison having friends or family file income tax claims for refunds while they were in prison. It seems as if it would be a no brainer for the IRS to simply get a list from the states of those in prison on such and such a period and then move as soon as a claim is filed in the incarcerated person’s name.
This is a big and I mean big scam but we have to go back and take a look at what made the scam possible. By that I mean what was the legislation associated with making it worthwhile to attack the system. Of course Florida seems to be the center of the action and again we have to ask why.
‘…Although the IRS detected about 940,000 fraudulent returns for last year claiming $6.5 billion in refunds, there were potentially another 1.5 million undetected cases of thieves seeking refunds after assuming the identity of a dead person, a child or someone who normally wouldn’t file a tax return.”