Thursday, February 12, 2015

Employee Stole Patient IDs for Tax Fraud Scheme

A Florida man who worked in a group home for disabled patients, stole their personally identifiable information (PII) and gave it to a co-conspirator who used it to file fraudulent tax returns.

This insider stole patient identities over a two year period from 2012 - 2014 and over 40 fraudulent tax returns were filed in an attempt to steal $265,000 from the government. He and his co-conspirator have been sentenced to federal prison terms.

"Between 2012 and 2014, [he] used the stolen identities of deceased persons, severely disabled people, and others, in an attempt to steal more than $265,000 from the United States Treasury."
- US Attorney's Office, Northern District Florida
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Sources:
(a) Two Pensacola Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Tax Refund Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme - www.Justice.gov, 02/10/2015

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