Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patient IDs Stolen from Hospitals for $3M Tax Fraud Scheme

From 2011, and through November 2013, a Tampa Florida man and his co-conspirators filed false tax returns claiming approximately $3 million in refunds. Many of the victims of this theft ring had their identities stolen from multiple healthcare facilities, including a VA hospital. About 7,000 stolen names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers were used to file false tax returns and open pre-paid debit cards.
"From an unknown date in 2011, and continuing through November 2013, [he] and his co-conspirators filed false tax returns claiming approximately $3 million in refunds."
- Department of Justice
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Sources:
(a) Tampa Man Pleads Guilty During Jury Selection In Stolen Identity Refund Case - www.DOJ.gov, 12/02/2014

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