In a 2015 article, the NY Post claims that South Florida has become the nation's “organized fraud capital,” with identity theft tax fraud schemes leading the way. Identity theft, the fastest-growing crime in South Florida, is being used to gather names and Social Security numbers in order to file fraudulent tax returns and collect a refund check. The number of false federal income tax returns is 46 times the national average in South Florida.
Rounding out the top 3 organized fraud crimes prevalent in South Florida are Medicare fraud and mortgage fraud. From 2007-2014, nine regional “strike forces” of the DOJ, the Treasury Department, and HHS charged about 2,300 people who had falsely billed Medicare for $7 billion, with more than 1,500 of those defendants located in South Florida. And since at least 2009, Florida has led the nation in mortgage fraud as a percentage of the number of loans originated, with the South Florida metropolitan area ranked No. 1 nationally, with 12.3 percent of all such fraud reports in 2013.
Read the NY Post article here: https://nypost.com/2015/07/29/south-florida-is-the-organized-fraud-capital-of-america/