The IRS stated that its Criminal Investigations division (“CI”) has been pursuing 295 new identity theft investigations since January, with the number of active cases totaling more than 1,800.
The IRS further stated, “Since the start of 2014, increased activity by CI has led to more prosecution recommendations, indictments and sentencing hearings, which reflect the overall success by the IRS on the increased number and effectiveness of ID theft filters used during the processing of tax returns.”
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said, “Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS. The investigative work done by Criminal Investigation … is a part of an aggressive effort by the IRS to combat this issue on all fronts. We are making substantial progress in refund fraud protection, and the work by CI highlights the important steps we are taking.”
Richard Weber, Chief of IRS Criminal Investigation, stated, “We remain committed to allocating investigative time and resources to bringing to justice those who steal honest taxpayers’ identities for their own personal gain.” Weber added, “Virtually every Criminal Investigation field office is working identity theft and refund fraud cases.”
Information on identity theft enforcement efforts and individual cases are available on IRS.gov.