Thursday, March 12, 2015

Govt Worker Stole IDs for Tax Fraud

An former employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA), and eight others, were sentenced to federal prison for their involvement in a $5 million identity theft tax fraud ring.

The SSA worker was recruited to steal identities from the database which were then used to file fraudulent tax returns. The scheme involved stolen identities from more than 1,000 people, according to Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said in an emailed statement.

"tax refund claims using stolen identities threaten the integrity of our federal income tax system and pose a real danger to the credit history and financial security of the individuals whose identities are stolen." - Acting US Attorney John Horn
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Sources:
(a) 9 headed to prison for $5 million income tax scheme - www.AJC.com, 03/11/2015

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