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Monday, September 19, 2011

'Operation Rainmaker' and the Massive Tax Refund Scam

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.
Operation Rainmaker is designed not only to investigate stolen identities and tax refund fraud in the Tampa, Florida area but to discover leads that may uncover similar scams being conducted in other areas of the country.
The investigation was dubbed 'Rainmaker' in reference to the claims of drug dealers that their scam would cause it to 'rain money' on them from the federal government. 
Here are the facts that have been reported so far...

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