Monday, September 28, 2015

Ringleader of $24M ID Theft, Tax Fraud Scheme Sentenced

A woman who worked in a military hospital in Georgia, where she had access to the identification data of military personnel, including soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan, stole the personal information (PII) of soldiers and used it file false tax returns. She has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

She and her co-conspirators filed more than 9,000 false individual federal income tax returns that claimed more than $24 million in fraudulent claims for tax refunds. The IDs used in the tax fraud scheme not only came from the US Army but were stolen from a number of organizations including Alabama state agencies and a Georgia call center.

"[she]worked at the hospital...where she had access to the identification data of military personnel, including soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan."
- Court documents
The identity thefts and fraudulent tax refund scheme occurred from January 2011 through December 2013. It is unclear why the ID thefts went on for such a long time period. The only method to detect such data thefts by an insider is with second generation behavioral analytics.
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Sources:
(a) Ringleader of $24 Million Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Ring Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison - www.DataBreaches.net, 09/27/2014

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