On April 25, 2017, eight suspects were arrested in Miami, Florida, by agents of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSAOIG) for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The indictments against these individuals include charges for involvement in schemes to impersonate IRS agents in order to obtain money from victims by falsely representing that the victims owed back taxes or other fees. The suspects allegedly defrauded over 7,000 victims out of almost $8.8 million.
“Over the past three years, this scam has resulted in reported taxpayer losses of more than $55 million,” said J. Russell George, the Inspector General. “The scammers are relentless and so are we,” he added. “Our investigators will not rest until we have brought those responsible for this scheme to justice.”
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