Treasury agents arrested five people in Miami on May 23, 2016 allegedly involved in schemes to impersonate IRS agents in telephone calls to obtain money from victims by falsely stating the victims owed taxes or fees, TIGTA said.
The five, all Cuban nationals, according to news reports, were charged in federal complaints filed in Arkansas, Minnesota, and Texas with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They defrauded more than 1,500 victims of nearly $2 million, often by threatening them with arrest if they did not wire money immediately, court documents stated. TIGTA estimates $36.5 million has been stolen from 6,400 victims in these and similar schemes.
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