Published: Apr 03, 2014 10:49 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 04, 2014 10:59 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Nearly every week, handfuls of people are reporting that someone else fraudulently filed their tax returns.

"Someone had used my Social Security Number to file taxes," said Gerard Pigeon.

That's what the IRS told Pigeon when he tried to file his 2013 taxes.

"It would take between 3-6 months before I would see my return," the IRS told him.

A thief somehow got his info, filed fake tax returns online, trying to steal his money.

"Well not only mine its your money too," said Pigeon.

The IRS told Pigeon Florida is the worst in the nation for this type of tax fraud.

"This type of crime affects each and every one of us," said U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer.

Thursday the feds arrested 25-people in south Florida for a $36-million identity theft and tax refund fraud operation.

"This is a crime that is targeted and steals from our hard earned tax dollars," said Ferrer.

We have seen numerous reports of tax fraud right here in southwest Florida.
Just in the past few months nearly every week a handful of people file police reports describing the same thing.

They log on the IRS website to file, but get an error message saying they are not able to file your tax return.

Pigeon is nearly 87 years old and says he has never had anything like this happen to him.

"I was ticked off. If i had a pistol I would have shot the person if I could get them," said Pigeon.