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Tax fraud hits slain Tampa police officer
The Tampa Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Elaine Silvestrini

Posted on 03/21/2012 10:13:52 AM PDT by ruralvoter

Add a Tampa police officer killed in the line of duty to the growing list of victims of tax fraud identity theft.

Officer David Curtis was shot to death, along with Officer Jeffrey Kocab, during an early-morning traffic stop on June 29, 2010. Dontae Morris was later charged in the deaths.

Shortly after the slayings, someone stole Curtis' identity and used it for tax fraud, Tampa police Detective Sal Augeri told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday morning. Senators also heard of a pilot program, which will be started in Tampa, in which the IRS can share some information related to tax fraud with local police.(SNIP) Nelson asked Augeri, the Tampa detective who testified, about those reports.

"A majority of the people that we're involved with are already receiving state or federal assistance to begin with, whether its food stamps or Social Security," Augeri said. "Their impression is it's just more government money to be had."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fraud; identitytheft; tax
This article is a follow to this article about tax fraud in Tampa:

Tampa's tax fraud epidemic gets national scrutiny http://www2.tbo.com/news/politics/2012/mar/20/tampas-tax-fraud-epidemic-gets-national-scrutiny-ar-382823/

1 posted on 03/21/2012 10:13:59 AM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

Identity thieves should be locked up for life with no chance for parole. Say someone steals the SS number of someone living in Connecticut, when the thief never even lived in that state. That thief should be locked up in Leavenworth for life.


2 posted on 03/21/2012 10:47:52 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

Good idea


3 posted on 03/21/2012 10:54:55 AM PDT by GILTN1stborn
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To: ruralvoter

The IRS doesn’t do a damned thing to combat tax fraud. Someone stole my wife’s SSAN and the IRS issued a $6,000 check in response to her as an individual, despite the fact that she had NEVER so filed which should have raised a flag since we’d never received such a large refund. Fortuanately, the check came to our house in the mail, and we returned it and documented the attempted theft. They said they were issuing a four digit PIN to use in lieu of her SSAN, but that was months ago and we’ve never seen it.

F__k the IRS!


4 posted on 03/21/2012 12:06:16 PM PDT by onedoug
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