The U.S Justice Department has enacted a new policy to make the battle against identity thieves easier and faster. The new policy, effective October 1, 2012, will allow immediate arrests in identity theft cases that target taxes, as reported by The Huffington Post.
Previously, attorneys seeking to prosecute criminal tax cases needed approval from the Justice Department Tax Division before moving forward. Under the new policy, government attorneys will be able to immediately authorize arrests without having to undergo the review process required for all I.D. theft tax cases. However, even with the new policy, the Tax Division must still review federal indictments issued for criminal tax cases.
This change is a response to the rapid growth of not only identity theft crimes, but the growing number of cases where I.D. theft is specifically used to steal tax returns. Often, tax information will contain enough details about an identity theft victim so that a wrongdoer will be able to create new credit cards, take out loans, and receive the victim’s tax refund.
According to statistics released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), there were 641,052 taxpayers who had their identities stolen in 2011. This is a huge increase from the 270,518 victims in 2010.
Those who are victimized by I.D. thieves may have to cope with serious financial losses, which can only be resolved with skilled legal representation. The Ontario identity theft victim lawyers at The Law Offices of Howard D. Silver can put an end to your theft-caused debts. For more information, call (855) 341-2611.