Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bank Employee ID Thefts Led to $5M Tax Refund Fraud

A man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his part in an ID theft tax refund fraud ring.

To file the fraudulent tax returns he used the personal information (PII) of people he obtained from a relative who stole the data from the bank where she worked. The conspirators filed 526 fraudulent returns claiming $5,063,954 in refunds.

"[He] obtained the personal identifying information from a relative who had stolen the data from a financial institution where she worked."
- US Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida
It seems the ID thefts were discovered by law enforcement, rather than the bank that held the PII. Organizations seeking proactive detection of identity theft can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) FL: Identity Thief Sentenced To More Than Ten Years In Federal Prison - www.DataBreaches.net, 01/30/2015

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