There is a lot of check cashing fraud in South Florida, specifically the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward. This area is a mix of migrants from the Caribbean Islands and South America. Those born in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are American citizens. However, many of them are not required to file federal taxes.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) aimed at combating this fraud. Through a combination of federal and Florida state laws, those who want to cash a tax refund check over $1000 in Broward County or Miami-Dade County must present a copy of their identification and phone number. A digital photograph and thumbprint of the person cashing the check must be taken and stored. These laws are in effect between August 3, 2015 and January 30, 2016.

View the FinCEN GTO Order.


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