Fraud suspected after 741 tax returns filed from one home in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Federal investigators are looking into potential fraudulent tax returns coming out of one address in Belle Glade.

According to a newly released report by the Treasury Inspector General for the Tax Administration,  one Belle Glade address filed the third most fraudulent tax returns from a single address in the country.

The address of the home isn't being released by the IRS, but the report said 741 fraudulent tax returns was filed from one address in Belle Glade.

It totaled up to a little more than $1 million being issued in tax refund money.

For victims of tax return fraud in Belle Glade, it angers them and leaves them questioning who it could be.

Tanya Spear is one of those people.

When her 8-year-old daughter Kayla smiles, she sees her daughter's chipped tooth. That chipped tooth is something Spear said she planned to fix with her $8,000 tax refund check.

Problem is, Spear never received the tax refund because she became a victim of tax return fraud.

"It needs to stop," Spear said. "I'm not the only one hurting out here. There's other people in the Glades hurting out here because they needed their money."

Spear believes she knows who she fell victim to and the IRS is investigating her claim.

A new report shows hundreds others fell victim to tax return fraud when one address allegedly filed 741 tax returns in 2010.

"I'm wondering is that rea?" John Davis said. "741, in Belle Glade?"

Davis has a tax return business off Main Street.  He doesn't understand how more than a million dollars in refunds were issued to one address in a city that doesn't even have a population of 20,000 people. 

"That's a big dollar. I'm just wondering what house around here can hold a million dollars?" Davis said.

Lawmakers like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Marco Rubio both say tax refund is a growing problem across the country.

In 2011, the IRS reported about $5.2 billion of taxpayer dollars being falsely refunded.

"I think the IRS needs more investigators," Davis said. "I don't think they have the workforce to fix what's wrong with our tax system."

Spear agrees. She's not only concerned about adult victims, but children victims as well. 

The report says many fraudulent filings are made with children's Social Security numbers. 

"They can do a lot with your children's Social Security numbers before you can even catch it," Spear said.

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