IRS officials raided 150 money-services businesses to determine whether they were involved in identity theft or filing for bogus tax refunds.
The nationwide sweep targeted 105 people in 23 states. This included nine “high-risk” cities per the IRS, including Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Phoenix; Tampa; and Washington, D.C.
This has led to 939 criminal charges, including 58 arrests and 10 guilty pleas, according to Bloomberg.
T he IRS has also installed new filters on its computers this year in an attempt to spot identify fraud before the agency pays a phony refund. This has caused delays of about a week for early tax return filers to get refunds, however.