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For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2013
Media Contact:
Margot Mankes-Goldstein

305-787-5999

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman works with State and Federal Legislators to create and pass Identity Theft / Tax Fraud legislation


MIAMI, FL – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4, has been working on the State and Federal levels with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Senator Bill Nelson and others on legislation to stop identity theft / tax fraud. As the Vice Chair of Public Safety and Justice for the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Chair of the Miami-Dade Public Safety Committee, Commissioner Heyman has championed this safety issue nationwide and especially here in Miami-Dade County.

The proposed legislative bills will increase criminal penalties for tax-return identity theft, expand the definition of an “identity theft victim” 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.

“It is a $7 billion dollar crime spree where unfortunately South Florida has become the number one location for this type of crime,” said Commissioner Heyman. “It causes great hardship for those that are victimized.” 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.