The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it recovered nearly $357,000 for the Internal Revenue Service as part of a civil forfeiture action in a federal tax refund fraud case.
U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill said the Tampa division completed a forfeiture action against the funds, which were seized from nearly 1,600 TurboTax prepaid debit cards containing the proceeds of fraudulent returns.
IRS investigators analyzed a number of debit cards identified as having received refunds from fraudulent returns.
The analysis showed that many had received multiple direct deposits in the identities of deceased people. The investigation also showed that multiple cards were mailed to addresses in parts of Tampa where people known to be committing the fraud live.
This case was brought as part of an initiative among federal, state and local agencies.