WJTV News Channel 12 - In tax season, your identity is in demand

In tax season, your identity is in demand

Posted: Updated:
In Hillsborough County, deputies found more than 20,000 stolen identities in 2013. In Hillsborough County, deputies found more than 20,000 stolen identities in 2013.
Quan Jasmon Davis Quan Jasmon Davis

Even while law enforcement report a slowdown in signs of tax fraud on Tampa Bay streets, they warn your identity is in demand this tax filing season.

Officers and federal agents are again recommending taxpayers file their returns early to get their submissions on record before a criminal tries to use their identity to file a fake return to get refund money.

They're also hoping their investigations will identify and shut down breaches in businesses and other sources that can provide fraudsters with the fuel for their identity theft crimes.

In Hillsborough County, deputies found more than 20,000 stolen identities in 2013.

Earlier this month, investigators say they found about a dozen identities – names, dates of birth and social security numbers – in the Hillsborough County apartment of student Quan Jasmon Davis.

"They came from Quest Diagnostics, they were patients of Quest in some form or fashion," said Corp. Bruce Crumpler of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

Crumpler says Davis, 35, used to work for Quest, a large company with laboratories around the country.

The individuals whose information was found in that investigation included residents of Georgia and North Carolina. It's unclear yet whether any of the identities discovered as part of that investigation were used in any way.

Davis returned News Channel 8's call with a voice mail, saying she was not guilty and that she didn't want to talk about the case.

Quest did not return calls for comment.

With tax filing season underway, victims of the identity theft tax fraud crime may not find out their information was used by someone else until they try to file their tax return.

Stephen Estevez says he after he filed his return last week, he got an email indicating someone else had already filed a return using his social security number. The problem will likely delay his real refund, which his family was counting on.

"As far as I know it's in limbo at this point," Estevez said.

If you believe you're a victim of identity theft in connection with your tax return, the IRS recommends contacting the IRS directly (the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit can be reached at 800-908-4490), as well as local law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission and credit bureaus.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
  • NewsMore>>

  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:22:02 GMT
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians...
    Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the...
  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:16:19 GMT
    The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
    The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
  • Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Manatee veterinarian arrested in Napier Family Farm case

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:13:15 GMT
    Authorities began their investigation in February. Authorities began their investigation in February.
    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
    Authorities in Manatee County have made a third arrest in connection with an on-going animal cruelty investigation at the Napier Family Farm and Rescue on State Road 64 near Bradenton.Dr. Edward E. Dunham, 76, was taken into custody Saturday morning at his home in Palmetto. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail on one count of animal torture with intent. His bond was sent at $1,500.Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.