In today's modern age, people need to be aware of the many types of tax fraud schemes that are making their way around the world. Even those who pay attention, however, can find themselves a victim.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recently reported that thieves used the personal information of 22 employees as a means of filing fraudulent federal tax returns.
At this time, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is working with the Internal Revenue Service, as well as other federal investigators, to learn more about the finer details.
A hospital spokeswoman noted that tax fraud is common during this time of the year, and believe that the workers were targeted as part of a broader scheme.
This type of tax fraud is nothing new, as the IRS said that 1.2 million taxpayers were the victims of similar schemes in 2012. Fortunately, the agency was able to intercept roughly 5 million fraudulent returns during the same tax year.
Federal authorities continue to investigate the fraud.
Although tax fraud is common during this time of the year, this story shows that people need to be aware of this regardless of the month. There are always people who are looking for a way to make quick money, even if it means they have to break the law along the way in order to do so.
Anybody who is accused of tax fraud or a similar crime has the right to consider hiring an attorney who is able to protect his or her rights through what can be a hairy and complicated legal process.
Source: ABC 27, "ID thieves target 22 UPMC workers in IRS tax scam" No author given, Feb. 26, 2014