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U.S. Sweep to Rein in Identity Theft Targets 105, IRS Says

February 07, 2012

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- A nationwide sweep to rein in identity theft and tax-refund fraud targeted 105 people across 23 states, leading to 939 criminal charges, including 58 arrests and 10 guilty pleas, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

The effort took place last week and involved 150 visits to check-cashing facilities to ensure they didn’t facilitate fraud and identity theft, the IRS said in a statement today.

--Editors: Jodi Schneider, Katherine Rizzo

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Bliss in Washington at jbliss@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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