(ABC NEWS) — Karen Greenwood, 47, of Cary, N.C., became a victim of income tax identity theft in 2009. An executive assistant, Greenwood was expecting a check from the Internal Revenue Service for $2,300, which would have included her tax refund for 2008 and a rebate from the economic stimulus plan that was in effect then.
She said the refund was especially urgent that year, because she had been laid off and was collecting unemployment and supporting her 74-year-old father, who lives with her.
"I wouldn't wish it on anyone," Greenwood said, describing the ordeal of her stolen tax refund.
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