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Nigerian musician sentenced for attempting to steal $3.5 million in tax refunds

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A Nigerian musician living in St. Louis plead guilty to stealing tax refunds in November 2015 was sentenced Thursday.

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Refunds could be delayed for Missouri and Illinois taxpayers

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More than one million people in Illinois and Missouri could have to wait longer to get their tax refund in 2017. 

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Tax cheats: Stealing tax returns from prison Video included

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IRS investigators stopped more than $20,000 in bogus tax returns that were filed by prisoners in 2015. 

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News 4 Investigates: Tax cheats find way around IRS safeguard Video included

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An IRS program that is supposed to protect taxpayers isn't working for everyone. 

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News 4 Investigates Tax Cheats: New twist on IRS phone scam

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Tax cheats and ongoing IRS phone scams are a story News 4 Investigates has been following for over a year.   Just this morning, the IRS issued a warning of a new risk in the ongoing IRS threat phone scam.  

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Tax cheats: How to protect yourself

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If you have been a victim of Tax ID Theft in the past, you should be offered an IP PIN.

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Warning: Watch out for IRS scammers during tax season Video included

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January 19 is the first day you can officially file your taxes. For scammers, this is of the best days of the year. 

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Tax cheats: Difficulty contacting the IRS Video included

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If your identity is stolen, good luck getting a hold of a live person at the IRS.

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Finding out if someone has filed taxes in your name without waiting Video included

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(KMOV.com) -- You don't have to wait to find out if someone has filed a fake tax return in your name. You just may have to wait longer to speak with a real person at the IRS, but the agency has a found way for anyone to see if they are a victim of tax identity theft without waiting.For more, click here. More>>

Tax Cheats: A six-digit code may be the only protection you have against I.D theft

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News 4 learned a six-digit code may be the only protection you have to keep your identity and tax return safe.But the PIN number system is not already set up to keep all American's private information safe. It is given to those who are victims of tax identity theft. More>>

News 4 Investigates: St. Louis ranks #1 for tax identity theft Video included

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – According to the Federal Trade Commission, St. Louis ranks number one on the list of the worst areas in the nation for identity theft. Since 2014, St. Louis has vaulted to the top of the list at number one with more than 19,000 reports of identity theft. Those reports were just from people who reported the crime to the Federal Trade Commission. In many cases, criminals are targeting the metro area to steal tax refunds. Some of those criminals can s...

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Tax cheats: Personal information affected due to data breach

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Millions of Americans are receiving letters about a massive data breach that has put their personal information in jeopardy. 

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Local IRS employee sentenced after pleading guilty to ID theft

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Demertia Brown was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for stealing taxpayer information and stealing more than $300,000 in tax returns.

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Eastern European couple sentenced for tax identity theft Video included

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A Russian woman and her boyfriend from Belarus were just sentenced to prison for filing fake tax returns. 

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Authorities issue alert as fake IRS call scam hits another St. Louis County community Video included

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Tuesday, authorities are issuing another warning about a scam News 4 has been reporting on for more than a year. 

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Illinois delays tax refunds, wants more time to fight fraud Video included

The Illinois Department of Revenue says taxpayers will have to wait until after March 1 to receive income tax refunds.

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Tax cheats: Solutions to tax fraud Video included

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News 4 has heard from experts in the field and from viewers about possible solutions to this rising epidemic of tax fraud.

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Tax cheats: What to do if you're a victim Video included

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What you should you do if your a victim of tax identity theft.

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Tax cheats: Scammers getting away with identity theft Video included

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Once a tax cheat steals an identity, how do they get away with the scam? 

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Tax cheats: How to find out if your information has been stolen Video included

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How do people find out their information has been stolen and a tax cheat has filed a fake return with his or her real information? 

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Tax cheats: Those behind the crime Video included

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Over the years News 4 has confronted a lot of tax cheats.

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Tax cheats: How bad of a problem is tax identity theft Video included

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News 4 heard from dozens of viewers who had their identities stolen and fraudsters filed a fake tax return with their names and Social Security numbers.

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New report details how large of a problem fraudulent tax returns are

(KMOV.com) - A new government report shows that just over 100 million fraudulent tax returns were filed during the most recent tax season. More>>

News 4 Investigates: IRS Commissioner responds to tax cheat complaints Video included

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen responded to tax cheat complaints from News 4 viewers. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen responded to tax cheat complaints from News 4 viewers.
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Imagine filing your taxes and waiting more than seven months for a refund. For taxpayers like Scott Minner this scenario became a reality. More>>

News 4 Investigates tackles fraudsters claiming to be the IRS

(KMOV.com) – If you get a phone call saying you’re being sued by the IRS, does it mean you really did something wrong?It’s the number one question received by our investigative team: Who is behind the IRS phone scams targeting St. Louisans? Chris Nagus has answers More>>

Tax cheat fails to turn himself in

(KMOV.com) - Tax preparer Darius Isom will have to serve an additional six months in prison for failing to turn himself in. Isom was alrady sentenced to two years in prison for tax identity theft. More>>

Man accused of stealing your tax money from Nigeria enters plea Video included

Olafunsho Adeshina, 29, pleaded not guilty to charges  that he embezzled money from the US by filing fake tax returns from Nigeria Olafunsho Adeshina, 29, pleaded not guilty to charges that he embezzled money from the US by filing fake tax returns from Nigeria
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Olafunsho Adeshina, 29, pleaded not guilty to charges to charges that he embezzled money from the US by filing fake tax returns from Nigeria. More>>

Police often feel powerless to stop tax cheats Video included

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(KMOV.com) – A Shiloh, Illinois officer told News 4 police often feel powerless when it comes to stopping tax fraud because it does not involve a standard police investigation. More>>

Is enough being done to stop growing tax scam? Video included

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Congress held a hearing Wednesday to discuss a growing scam involving con artists posing as IRS agents.Last month, we introduced you to Pastor Al Cadenhead, one North Carolina man who fell victim to the hoax. He told us he wanted to go public to help others, but after hearing his story, a senior member of Congress wanted to know why the Justice Department isn't doing more to stop the scam."This woman gave me her name and her badge number, said that she was informing me that they were filing a... More>>

Free service available to help low income taxpayers

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 A federally funded program that helps low income taxpayers who may be facing tax problems is run locally though Washington University. More>>

Service helps people deal with the IRS Video included

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 A service run by the IRS is making efforts to help those who have run into roadblocks trying to work out their issues with the agency. More>>

How one type of insurance can protect victims of ID theft

(KMOV.com) - Homeowner's insurance that provides identity theft protection can help those who are victims of tax identity theft. More>>

Could regulating tax preparers crack down on tax identity fraud? Video included

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A number of people who are guilty of tax fraud are tax preparers themselves.Some believe more oversight of tax preparers, who are currently unregulated, could help curb some of the fraud.  More>>

Police department that wouldn't take reports of tax ID theft changes course

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The St. Louis Police Department previously said it does not write reports when people call them about tax identity theft even though the IRS instructs victims to contact local police.However, the department recently elected to change its policy. More>>

Free tax preparation services can reduce chance of fraud by pricey tax preparers

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Tax Identity fraud theft reports keep rolling into News 4, but some experts are warning about the dangers of not just ID theft, but fraudulent tax preparers who promise huge refunds that could end up costing you.Desmond Leong helps run the Metro St. Louis Community Tax Coalition, a Volunteer Income Assistance Tax Assistance program that works with the Internal Revenue Service.Leong has seen a jump in tax fraud cases in the St. Louis area."I know for a fact that the number of rejects we've had... More>>

Possible solution to the problem of bogus tax returns

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The Government Accountability Office reports there is one often overlooked idea that could eliminate a lot of bogus tax returns, but it might mean getting your tax refund later in the year. More>>

Tax Cheats: St. Louis Metro rises to #3 in identity theft cases

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An FTC lawyer revealed that St. Louis now ranks third in the country for identity theft. More>>

News 4 Investigates: Using tax credits to steal tax refunds

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News 4 has seen an explosion in complaints about tax return fraud and News 4 Investigates dug into how the crooks are getting big fat refunds using tax credits More>>

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