Friday, August 15, 2014

Sheriff Sentenced in ID Theft, Tax Fraud Scheme

A Georgia Deputy Sheriff has been sentenced for stealing identities and filing fraudulent tax returns (SIRF).

The Deputy Sheriff worked for a Georgia county Sheriff's office from 2007 through 2012. From the end of 2011 to early 2012, Street stole personal identification information (PII), names, birthdates, and social security numbers, which were used to file for tax refunds.

"[He] exploited his position as a law enforcement officer for his own personal financial gain which came at the expense of the community he was entrusted to serve."
- US Attorney's Office, South District of Georgia
As is unfortunately often the case, a third party, and not the organization holding the PII, discovered the identity thefts. The IRS found the bogus returns, but not until they had paid $76,424.00 in refunds.

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Sources:
(a) Former Richmond County Deputy Sentenced in Identity Theft Scheme - www.FBI.gov, 08/13/2014

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