A total of 13 have been convicted for charges including conspiracy to defraud the IRS and identity theft from medical records. Names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers were stolen and used to obtain fraudulent tax refunds. The ringleaders had "insiders," friends and relatives, working at doctors' offices who stole patient identity information.
"The case has 13 defendants total and federal charges range from conspiracy to defraud the IRS to identity theft from medical records."Many tax fraud schemes are feed with patient identities stolen by insiders at healthcare organizations. These breaches of patients' private information often first uncovered from law enforcement, rather than internal breach detection programs.
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(a) Last defendants convicted in Statesboro identity theft & tax fraud scheme - www.wsav.com, 08/27/2013