The proposed legislative bills will increase criminal penalties for tax-return identity theft, expand the definition of an â€œidentity theft victimâ€ to include businesses and charitable organizations, coordinate local law enforcement with IRS investigators and increase the ability to prosecute.
Commissioner Heyman is working on this initiative to better protect vulnerable groups such as veterans, seniors, minors and foster children from becoming future victims of this type of crime. She has worked to prioritize identity theft/tax fraud nationwide as a public safety issue.
â€œIt is a $7 billion dollar crime spree where unfortunately South Florida has become the number one location for this type of crime,â€ said Commissioner Heyman. â€œIt causes great hardship for those that are victimized.â€ Heyman has a professional and academic background in criminal justice and law.
Several years ago, Commissioner Heyman similarly led the effort with the Mortgage Fraud Task Force working with bill sponsors and gaining national support for a new Federal law.