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Starting in January 2015, the IRS will limit the number of refunds that are electronically deposited into a single financial account or pre-paid debit card to three, as part of the agency's effort to crack down on fraud and identity theft.
Monica Nanette Hernandez, a former IRS data clerk, pleaded guilty on January 21 to one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of filing false income tax returns, and one count of wire fraud. She will be sentenced on April 14.
Identity theft was the focus of two reports released by the TIGTA – the first concluding the IRS issued billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds, and the second finding the IRS needs to improve customer service efforts for identity theft victims.