The Tampa Police Department, working with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the State's Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Attorney's Office launched an investigation earlier this year into the massive tax refund scam which was described in this report yesterday. The investigation, called 'Operation Rainmaker,' has already uncovered over $100 million dollars in stolen tax refunds.
Police officials believe that the $100 million is but a mere fraction of what has been stolen in the Tampa area alone and that the total amount is over a billion dollars. Law enforcement agents also believe that the scam is being conducted nationwide in cities across America.