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IRS-Criminal Investigation Cracks the Whip, Comes Down Hard on ID Thieves

On March 3, the IRS announced its “Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions” – a list detailing some of the most infamous cases for Fiscal Year 2014 that resulted in prison sentences. The article quotes Richard Weber, Chief, IRS-Criminal Investigation concerning the severity of both the crime and the resulting punishment: “these cases send a warning to criminals. Our top 10 cases represent the seriousness of these crimes and the magnitude of the consequences that will be faced by those who victimize honest taxpayers.”

The top-ranked case involved a Charlotte, NC couple who, according to public court records, were sentenced to a combined 394 months in prison for filing over 1,000 false tax returns to secure fraudulent refunds. Senita Birt Dill (324 months) and Ronald Jeremy Knowles (70 months) both plead guilty to a number of charges: false claims of conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

To read the article in its entirety, follow this link.

Source: Internal Revenue Service

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