A Goshen, Ind.,
man’s identity and Social Security number have been used--or are still being
used--by someone collecting a paycheck under his name, at a local business,
Chesterton Police said.
police, on Wednesday the man and his niece reported that, in 2015, the
Internal Revenue Service notified him that he owes back taxes on more than
$31,000 of income which he failed to report, while working for a title
company in town. In fact, the man is retired, living on a fixed Social
Security income, and has never been an employee of the company in question.
The niece advised
police that “she has been in contact with the IRS multiple times, written
many requested letters on (her uncle’s) behalf, and even made a police
report to the Goshen Police Department, the jurisdiction in which they live,
in late September of 2017. Meanwhile, they have been receiving repeated
letters from the IRS warning of action that will be taken against (her
uncle) if he does not pay back taxes and penalties on the unreported
“The amount has
increased since 2015 so (the niece) believes the person may still be using
his information fraudulently,” police added.
The niece also
advised that, approximately one year ago, she called the title company and
was informed that it did in fact have an employee with the same name as her
uncle. “She attempted to gain further information on the subject but the
company refused to answer any more of her questions,” police said.
The niece and her
uncle accordingly made a report with the CPD because the company is located
here and because “they have received seemingly no relief or progress with
the case from other agencies that they have alerted,” police said.
The report was
forwarded to the Investigations Division.