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Most outrageous tax cheats

From a restaurant owner who hid cash receipts in "seasoned octopus" boxes to a self-proclaimed governor of Alabama who buried gold coins in his yard, here are some of the wildest tax fraud investigations the IRS has undertaken in the past year.

Identity theft ring of basketball referees

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To avoid paying taxes, a group of New York City basketball referees allegedly used stolen identities of local firefighters and police officers to receive paychecks and failed to disclose that income on their tax returns, according to the IRS.

Peter Iulo, who was identified as one of the scheme's ringleaders, was sentenced to two years in prison at the end of 2012 and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution to the IRS.

  @blakeellis3 - Last updated May 20 2013 01:48 PM ET

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