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Los Angeles Tax: Ex-LA social worker charged in $1M tax return scam

LOS ANGELES — A former Los Angeles County social services worker has been charged with filing bogus tax returns using indigent clients' identities to obtain $1 million in tax refunds.

The U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday that Trang Van Dinh was indicted on 11 counts of identity theft and 11 counts of making false claims to the United States.

The indictment alleges Dinh filed the fake returns seeking $2 million using the names, Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 150 people he handled in his social services caseload.

The Internal Revenue Service paid about $1 million in fraudulent claims to bank accounts controlled by Dinh before the scam was discovered.

Dinh was arrested Monday in Los Angeles as he returned from a trip to Vietnam.
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