ID thieves target more tax refunds

Fraud attempts more than double last reported #s

INDIANAPOLIS - Criminal cases are being built against numerous people who attempted to steal your state tax refund.

Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Mike Alley said the department is taking these identity theft cases seriously and will prosecute all those trying to steal from the treasury.

So far in the 2014 tax season, the figures already surpass all refund fraud attempts detected in 2013.

The Call 6 Investigators have learned that a new state software, in its first two months of use, has confirmed 1,533 cases in which a person or group has used stolen personal information to claim $2.8 million in tax refunds.

That’s the amount the state would have mailed out in refunds if the fraud attempts had not been intercepted by the LexisNexis program.

The Department of Revenue installed the software this year and began using it in February. It cross references every return that is electronically filed or mailed into the state.

Numbers released in early March showed the new software caught 619 fraudulent returns worth $1.2 million in its first month of use.

The new security program also picks Hoosiers at random to verify their personal information before their return is processed. 

So far this year, about 40,000 people have been required to confirm their identity online or on the phone.

Hoosiers who pass the quiz receive their refund within 14 days if electronically filed and within 12 weeks if filed by paper.

Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez is looking through more data and will have more on this developing story on RTV6 at 6 p.m.

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