Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FL Man Sentenced to Prison for VA ID Theft, Tax Fraud

A Tampa resident was sentenced to four years and six months in federal prison for stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) using patient records stolen from the Veteran's Administration.

According to court documents the convicted man and two co-conspirators, engaged in stolen identity refund fraud from April 2009 to May 2011.

"Saint Marc was responsible for fraudulent tax returns requesting nearly $300,000 of government funds and victimizing more than 45 veterans ."
- Department of Justice documents
While reportedly the tax fraud occurred from 2009 - 2011 it is unclear when the VA identity thefts occurred, and when and how the VA learned about them. Organizations can proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Tampa Man Sentenced To More Than Four Years In Prison For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud - www.PHIprivacy.net, 08/19/2014

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