Cortneyo Bougard of Cordova was recently sentenced to about seven years after he paid people to steal identities. Then Bougard used Turbo Tax to electronically file more than 100 false returns between 2009 and 2011.
"I often wonder what were you thinking when you gave them this information? More or less they were trying to get it done fast, see how much they could get refund for," says Wilson.
Wilson recommends you safeguard your identity, keep your social security number in a safe deposit box, and make Internet purchases with legitimate vendors.
But, he admits crooks are often a step ahead of authorities.
Bougard managed to collect nearly $500,000, but part of his sentence requires he pay the money back in restitution. While Bougard and Birdse are separate cases, FOX13 News has learned the schemers may have run in the same circle.
If you suspect someone stole your identity, alert the IRS and file a police report. Wilson recommends you also check with the IRS to find out whether your CPA is registered with them.