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Indiana congressional members urge probe of doc ID thefts

Indiana's congressional delegation is calling for a full investigation of a spike in tax-related identity thefts involving the state's doctors.

The state's 11 members of Congress sent a letter Friday to the Internal Revenue Service urging a full probe of the 46 cases of identity theft Indiana's doctors and health professionals have reported this year.

The IRS is already investigating those cases. Indiana's total number of such cases peaked this year at a record 130, up from 54 reported last year.

The IRS also is checking into hundreds of reports in what Indiana attorney general spokeswoman Erin Reece says could be at least 18 other states.

She says it's unclear why so many physicians have fallen victim to identity theft, and there's no timeline for how long investigations will take.

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