35 Maine doctors targeted in tax fraud scheme

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A tax fraud scheme affecting hundreds of doctors and other health care professionals across New England has victimized at least 35 Maine physicians.

Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, said Thursday that his organization expects to hear from more doctors whose Social Security numbers have been used to file fraudulent returns and whose refunds have been stolen.

Doctors aren’t the only ones being targeted. Nancy Johnson, a retired nurse from Cape Elizabeth, tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1ntBBA3 ) that after she filed her taxes this month, she got a message saying someone else had already filed using her Social Security number.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on Wednesday called on the Internal Revenue Service and the Secret Service to investigate the scheme.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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