Here we go again the tax return scheme. Last time it was in Florida with a hospital that had been hit 3 times in 2 years, all inside jobs.
One More Reason to License Data Sellers–Income Tax Fraud On the Rise-Who Are You Buying Your Data From And Who’s Buying Your Data? 60Minutes Report
Hundreds of files were stolen again and as you can read, they went right into filing income tax returns. This is a big deal now with medical records and until the IRS can patch the hole that allows this to happen, which they are working on, nothing will change.
Take a look at this 60 Minute video and there’s a portion there that tells you all about the data problems at the IRS and why they can’t catch the thieves sooner. BD
A pair of thieves stole the identities of hundreds of patients at two metro Detroit hospitals and used their personal information to scam the government out of nearly $500,000 in phony tax refunds, the U.S. Attorneys office announced today.
According to an indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court, one of the defendants stole patient records while working at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and DMC Harper Hospital. She then used the patients' personal information to file false tax returns in other peoples' names, the indictment said.
Charged in the scheme are Markitta Washington, 29, of Hampton, Ga., and previously of Farmington Hills; and Martez Lear, 29, of Farmington Hills, who is currently serving time in prison for gun-related crimes.
The indictment alleges that at least 305 identity theft victims had false tax returns filed on their behalf for tax years 2011 and 2012, resulting in about $489,000 in false refunds. Most of the refunds were sent using prepaid debit cards, some of which were recovered from the defendants' home.