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Feds sweep Statesboro in ID fraud case


Police cars and unmarked SUV's surrounded a half dozen homes or apartments in Statesboro as part of a three year federal investigation into tax and identity fraud.

Wendell Turner with Statesboro Police said the city's officers, along with Bulloch County sheriff's deputies, were assisting the FBI, IRS, Secret Service and other agencies in executing search warrants at homes around town in connection with the case.

"This goes beyond just someone fudging their individual tax return," Turner explained. "This is about obtaining other people's identity information, filing bogus tax returns and cashing the tax refund checks. We're not talking just in thousands of dollars. We're talking millions of dollars."

Turner said Wednesday local officers and federal agents had made some arrests during the sweep, but did not identify any of the people arrested, the number, or their respective charges.

Agents seized records, computers, and other evidence at several houses through the morning. Turner said the raid was the culmination of three years of investigation. However, he said, it won't be the end. Investigators are still looking into how the operation obtained the personal data and how the people who filed the bogus returns cashed the refund checks.

Turner said the next step in the case could be the presentation to a federal grand jury who would decide whether or not to indict the people accused.

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