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Criminal Penalties for Stolen Identity Tax Return FraudIdentity theft used to commit tax fraud is a serious criminal offense. It involves the process of stealing a person’s Social Security number and filing a tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and cashing the proceeds. Billions of dollars are lost every year in this process, and the federal government has taken actions to strengthen security and go after offenders with heavy criminal sentences. If you have been charged with identity theft used to file a fraudulent tax return, your future and freedom are at stake, even if you did not commit the crime or know that your actions were in violation of the law. Do not wait any longer to reach out for legal assistance. Call our experienced Naperville fraud defense attorneys for help today.

The Federal Government Cracks Down on Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Offenders

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) does not look lightly upon those who have in any way violated the laws of the IRS. In fact, according to the DOJ, “One of the Tax Division’s highest priorities is prosecuting people who use stolen identities to steal money from the United States Treasury by filing fake tax returns that claim tax refunds. Working to stop Stolen Identity Refund Fraud, or SIRF is vital because these schemes threaten to disrupt the orderly administration of the income tax system for hundreds of thousands of law abiding taxpayers and have cost the United States Treasury billions of dollars.” In fact, in 2013 the IRS found that $30 billion in total was stolen. However, 81 percent of those fraudulent claims were stopped or recovered, meaning that the chances of being caught for refund fraud are high.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, illegal cellphone jammingAn Illinois man was recently arrested for using an illegal cellphone jamming device while on the ‘L.’ This was not the first time that the man had been charged with jamming cell phones, as he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for the same offense in 2009. The arrest marks the first time a person has been cited for using this type of device on a transit system. Previously, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had only issued citations for those who were attempting to sell the jamming devices online.

Unlawful Interference With a Public Utility

The ‘L’ rider was charged with unlawfully interfering with a public utility, which is considered a felony offense. In order to commit this crime, a person must knowingly, and without the consent of the service’s owners:

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