Monday, July 21, 2014

Woman Convicted of ID Theft, Tax Fraud

A jury found an Alabama woman, Nina McKinnie Macena, guilty of of seven felony charges in connection to a conspiracy to defraud the government through identity theft and the filing of false tax returns (SIRF).

Macena obtained identities from a a local bail bondsman who had access to the personal information of individuals detained at the city jail. The identities were used by a third person to file fraudulent income taxes for over $300,000 in returns.

"...trial evidence revealed Macena obtained the identities from Roderick Neal, a former Dothan bail bondsman, who had access to the personal information of individuals who had been detained at the Dothan City Jail.." - US Department of Justice
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Sources:
(a) Alabama Woman Convicted of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud - www.Justic.egov, 07/14/2014

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