Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Correctional Officer Stole Inmate IDs for Tax Fraud Scheme

A correctional officer in Alabama has been sentenced to sentenced to 32 months in prison for his involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud (SIRF) scheme.

He stole the personal identification information (PII) of approximately 150 individuals who were processed at the jail between January 2014 and January 2015, according to court documents. He then provided those identities to his co-conspirators who filed fraudulent federal income tax returns claiming fraudulent. The now former correctional officer was paid in pre-paid debit cards in the names of the identity theft victims for his involvement in the scheme.

"It is always a sad day when a law enforcement officer sworn to uphold the law, takes advantage of his position for his own personal gain." - US Attorney Beck
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Sources:
(a) Former correctional officer sentenced to prison for stealing identities of Troy jail inmates - www.AL.com, 08/04/2015

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