In fiscal 2013, the IRS increased criminal investigations related to identity theft by 66 percent from the previous year. Sentencing almost doubled to 438 cases, with prison terms ranging from two months to 317 months. Twenty-six years in prison is a lot of time to think about how being honest with the IRS might be more worthwhile.
Here are the worst and most widely known tax cheaters during the past decade who aren't celebrities, a group that's in a whole other world when it comes to avoiding taxes. The list isn't comprehensive because the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice don't publish lists of criminals with the highest tax bills.
A former newspaper journalist, Aaron Crowe is a freelance writer who specializes in personal finance, real estate and insurance for various websites, including Wisebread, insurance websites, MortgageLoan.com and AOL.