Thursday, April 2, 2015

Military Patient ID Thefts Involved in $20M Tax Fraud Ring

Nine residents of Alabama and Georgia have pleaded guilty for their roles in a $20 million identity theft tax fraud (SIRF) ring.

In order to file false returns, the defendants obtained stolen identities from a Georgia military hospital. One of the ring members was a hospital employee who had access to the personal identifying information (PII) of military personnel, including soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan.

"These defendants stole identities from military men and women who have volunteered to protect our country."
- U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr., Middle District of Alabama
This identity theft ring, which operated from January 2011 through December 2013, stole over 7,000 identities and used them to file fradulent returnsthe defendants ran a large-scale identity theft ring in which they filed more than 7,000 false tax returns. It seems the identity thefts were discovered by the IRS, not the military hospital. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity thefts and data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Nine Defendants Plead Guilty in $20 Million Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Ring - www.DataBreaches.net, 04/01/2015

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