Weld County Probe Focuses On Illegal Tax Refunds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Weld County authorities are investigating the alleged use of stolen or phony Social Security numbers by suspected illegal immigrants to file for $2.6 million in tax deductions they're not owed.

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck says roughly 1,300 clients of a tax business in Greeley may have used stolen or phony Social Security numbers. Authorities scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Friday in the county commission's meeting room.

Authorities say 11 suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested. The arrests stem from an investigation that began three months ago after a Texas man was audited by the IRS for under-reporting his Colorado income. His Social Security number was stolen and used to file for tax refunds.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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