Riverview home raided in tax-fraud investigation - FOX 13 News

Riverview home raided in tax-fraud investigation

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Hillsborough deputies had their hands full of thousands of dollars worth of expensive merchandise.

They came from a home off Boyette Creek Blvd. in Riverview after someone called in a tip.

"The taxpayers are the victim. It's just money that is behind shoveled out to these people in big chunks," said Corporal Bruce Crumpler.

Corporal Crumpler with HCSO is talking about tax refund fraud.

"They're lazy. They don't want to work, they want something for nothing," he said.

It is a plague on the Tampa Bay area that he has seen over and over: scammers use stolen Social Security numbers and file fraudulent tax returns.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars sometimes a week we've had come up sometimes with people who've made that much money by doing nothing other than filing false refunds," he said.

Inside the home deputies found dozens of debit cards which could be linked to identity theft.

"Many many times we actually end up finding other suspects and individuals involved in this," Crumpler said.

Aaron Chase works for a living, and was shocked by what he saw.

"They've got more toys than I can ever afford," Chase said.

TVs, ATVs, refrigerators, gym, gear and even a Cadillac for kids.

"We do everything we can to make ends meet, and this is one of those things you just kind of feel sad our money is going to a situation like that," Chase said.

Deputies said this bust gives them new leads until the next one.

"As long as we still have money out there and people that are greedy and stealing, our jobs are never finished," Cumpler said.

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