IRS tax return fraud police reports filling the Delray Beach Police Department's blotter file
Since mid-January, when residents were first allowed to file their income tax returns, the Delray Beach Police Department has seen a hike in tax fraud police reports filed. Fast forward to this month and the tax fraud reports are one of the most common items in the weekly police blotter.
The fraud criminals have been attacking residents from all walks of life.
On April 18, a 63-year-old woman filed a police report after learning her information was used to file taxes for 2011. Also that day, a 32-year-old woman told police that her information was used to file another tax return and later that day a 26-year-old man filled out a police report stating that a fraudulent tax return had been filed using the information. The next day a 78-year-old woman filed a police report where she stated that a suspect filed a tax return using her Social Security number.
When a tax return is fraudulently filed by another individual, the resident who is legally entitled to the tax return does not receive their money. They’re encouraged by local police to fill out a police report and contact the Internal Revenue Service.