INDIANAPOLIS - Thirty-nine thousand Hoosiers won’t have to fight to convince the state their tax refund was cashed in by an identity thief, thanks to Indiana's new strategy.
This is the first year that the Indiana Department of Revenue scanned all state returns through the LexisNexis database to ensure the right person was getting their money.
In all, the use of the LexisNexis technology in 2014 has stopped $39 million in refunds being mailed to crooks.
Only 1,500 returns were stopped last year, without the use of LexisNexis.
The Department of Revenue tells the Call 6 Investigators that identity thieves can be traced to IP addresses around the world and in the southeastern part of the United States.
Investigators are working with local and federal law enforcement partners in exposing the would-be thieves behind the IP addresses.
The agency has not only stepped up the use of technology to identify fake returns, but has also beefed up its investigations efforts.
The investigative team has spent the past several months trying to locate the scam artists. Many of the would-be thieves are using computers to commit their crimes, so finding them is labor intensive, and it's possible the crooks could never see the inside of a courtroom.
The plan to stop identity thieves also included having 30,000 Hoosiers take an identity quiz before receiving their refund. This was the first year that was done.
The Indiana Department of Revenue in 2014 also blocked an additional $39 million in education credits and other deductions that people tried to claim.
The denied claims were made by legitimate taxpayers who could not prove why they deserved the credit.
Monrovia couple charged with fundraising theft
A Monrovia couple is charged with five counts of theft and one count of corrupt business influence after police say they spent thousands of…
Volunteers keep shelter running on Thanksgiving
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is closed to the public on Thanksgiving and other major holidays, but dozens of volunteers are working…
Mom shares car seat concern after son's death
With the busy holiday travel weekend underway, a mother of three is making an emotional plea to anyone transporting a child, Call 6…
Applications open for pre-K pilot
Child advocates want to get the word out to low-income families that the Office of Early Education and Out-of-School learning is now…
Eagle Creek attraction closed, will be repaired
Taxpayer money will be spent to fix a failing deck in Eagle Creek Park built seven years ago, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.
BMV: 250 drivers asked to give back tax refunds
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is asking more than 250 motorists to pay back refunds they received just one month after $29 million in…