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In North Miami, Josue Pierre took a shortcut into the easy-money underworld of tax fraud by using an “electronic filing identification number” — EFIN for short, and stolen IDs to file hundreds of fabricated online tax returns.

1. Why does Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Berger say that using EFINs is like “tax fraud on steroids”?
2. According to the article, what are the restrictions placed upon obtaining an EFIN?
3. In your opinion, which of the following was the best fraud story in this article? Why?

Weaver, J. (2015). Ripping off your refunds: One little number fuels South Florida’s tax-fraud explosion. Miami Herald, Feb. 22 (Retrievable online at