Thursday, May 14, 2015

Woman Charged in $7.5M ID Theft Tax Fraud Scheme

An Alabama woman has been arrested for her participation in a large-scale stolen identity tax refund scheme in which more than 3,000 false tax returns for 2012 and 2013 were filed that claimed more than $7.5 million in fraudulent federal income tax refunds from the IRS.

Identities were stolen from a number of places including two state agencies. A woman working at these agencies has pleaded guilty to stealing personal identifying information (PII) from 2006 - 2014. She is to be sentenced May 19.

"[she stole] the identities of several individuals while working at two different state agencies from 2006 to 2014."
- Alabama Media Group
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Sources:
(a) Alabama woman charged in $7.5 million stolen identity tax refund fraud ring - www.AL.com, 05/12/2015

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