MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --It's tax time and most people are hoping for a refund check, but one midstate man claims his refund has already gone to someone else.
Matthew Williamson said he was using an online program to file his taxes when he discovered someone had already done it for him, and that someone also took his refund check estimated at about $1,000.
"This individual had gone online to use a computer program to file his taxes and when he did, he discovered someone had already used his name and social security number to fraudulently file a false tax return," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department
It's still unclear how the thief got Williamson's information to file the taxes. That is under investigation.
As for his refund check, Williamson said he had to file a police report and provide additional identification and he will end up getting the money from the Internal Revenue Service. But that could take six to nine months.
The IRS says it has been working on identity theft and refund fraud across the nation. In 2012, the agency assigned more than three-thousand employees to work on identity theft-related issues.