Wednesday, July 1, 2015

State Employee Stole Personal Data from State Systems for ID Theft Tax Fraud Scheme

A woman who worked at two Alabama state agencies, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Resources, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing identities and using them for a tax refund fraud scheme.

In both positions, she had access to the personal identifying information (PII) of individuals. Beginning in 2012, she stole PII from the state agencies and provided the information to a co-conspirator to be used to file more than 3,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns claiming more than $7.5 million in tax refunds using the stolen information provided by the state employee.

" In both positions, she had access to the personal identifying information of individuals."
- Department of Justice Documents
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Sources:
(a) Former Alabama State Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Identities for Tax Refund Fraud Scheme - www.DataBreaches.net, 05/20/2015

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