Thursday, April 3, 2014

Another Sentence in Patient ID Thefts, Tax Fraud Scheme

Marquis Onigirin Moye, 24, of Pompano Beach, is the latest to be sentenced for his participation in a stolen identity tax refund (SIRF) scheme. Moye, who pled guilty to identity theft, was sentenced to 54 months in prison followed by three years of probation.

Others involved in this scheme have already been sentenced. The scheme involved an employee of a medical services provider giving user names and passwords to Tiffany Shenae Cooper so she could steal patient identities used by others in the ring to submit fraudulent tax returns.

"Cooper admitted to illegally logging on to the medical services provider’s computer network and downloading PII for the purpose of committing various types of fraud."
- US Attorney's Office, Southern District Florida
It is unclear why the medical services company, which as of 01/28/14 has not submitted a breach notification to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), did not detect the identity thefts prior to law enforcement. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity thefts can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Involving Thousands of Patients’ Personal Identity Information - www.Justice.gov, 03/29/2014

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