As the Florida tax season comes to a close, it is not surprising that the authorities have been on the lookout for potential tax crimes. In recent weeks, investigators have arrested 25 suspects who they believe committed federal crimes. The accused persons have been charged with identity theft and filing fraudulent tax returns.
The authorities claim that the tax crime bust uncovered an estimated 14,000 victims who had their identities stolen. The investigators suspect that the 25 accused individuals attempted to file a collective $36 million worth of refund claims, and $9.5 million was actually paid out. Over the past few years, these crimes have become a huge problem, not only in Florida but across the country as well, making it the country's fastest growing crime.