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.
No criminal charges in dual office probe
Special prosecutor Todd Meyer said Thursday he will not charge Brownsburg Town Councilman Robert Kendall with misconduct or any criminal…
Law firm questions BMV refund plan
The BMV owes Hoosiers $29 million plus interest for overcharging on vehicle excise taxes dating back 2009, and now the law firm that brought…
Super Bowl party planner pleads guilty
South Florida party planner and sports agent Howard Jaffe pleaded guilty Thursday morning to check fraud, stemming from a VIP Super Bowl…
State: 23 violations at day care center
A day care under scrutiny after an alleged molestation of a 4-year old girl by a staff member has been cited by the Indiana Family and Social…
Indianapolis still paying for RCA Dome
Remember the RCA Dome? It was the Indianapolis Colts' home before Lucas Oil Stadium that taxpayers are still paying for.
Judge: Court rules need update
The judge who oversees Small Claims Courts in Marion County is drafting a rule change in response to a Call 6 Investigation that appeared to…