Monday, April 21, 2014

Restaurant Employee ID Theft, Tax Fraud

Tekia Jones pleaded guilty to identity theft of 118 fellow employees' names, social security numbers at a national fast food restaurant chain. With an accomplice, Ivory Covigton, the stolen identities were then used to file 57 fraudulent tax returns for a refund fraud scheme. Sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2014.
"Jones had access to employees’ names, social security numbers and dates of birth, but did not have permission to possess the employees’ information outside of her employment."
- US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida
From the court documents it appears the restaurant chain was unaware of the identity thefts until law enforcement contacted them. However, rather than learn of employee or customer identity thefts, organizations can proactively detect such thefts, even by authorized users, with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Former National Fast Food Restaurant Chain Employee And Co-Defendant Plead Guilty In Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme - www.Justice.gov, 04/16/2014

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