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IRS refunded $4b to identity thieves

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Ireland, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday.

The IRS sent a total of 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 refunds went to a lone address in Shanghai. In the United States, more fraudulent returns went to Miami than any other city. Other top destinations were Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and Houston.

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