Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hospital Employee Stole Patient IDs for $9M Tax Fraud Scheme

A military hospital employee has been sentenced to about 13 years in prison for her role in a stolen identity theft ring. More than 1,000 stolen identities, 9,000 false tax returns, claimed more than $24 million and resulted in about $9 million paid out by the IRS in fraudulent refunds.

She stole the identities of 99 soldiers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan when their identities were stolen. Her co-conspirators included a U.S. Postal Service employee recruited to deliver the fraudulent returns to different addresses that were within the rings control.

"The amount of money involved (in this scheme) is mind boggling." - US District Judge Kristi DuBose
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered but often in tax refund fraud cases the IRS, rather than the organization holding the victims' personal identifying information (PII), is first to know. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) 8 sentenced in $9 million fraud scheme - www.MontgomeryAdvertiser.com, 08/07/2015


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