150 doctors target of tax fraud in NH, Vt., Shaheen says

I’m pleased to see that the rash of stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) affecting health care professionals, discussed here and here,  is getting wider media attention.  Brian Krebs reported it on the other day, and that always helps wake up the media.

Now the Associated Press reports:

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has asked the Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service to investigate reports of tax fraud affecting more than 150 doctors and health care providers in the state and in Vermont.

The medical societies in both states say Social Security numbers have been stolen and used to file fraudulent federal tax returns. At least several hospitals and some private providers have been targeted.

Rick Adams, a spokesman for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, tells the Valley News about 50 doctors and other employees who work at the hospital have been affected.

Read more on Boston.com

DataBreaches.net attempted to reach both the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association earlier this week to ask whether they are getting reports from their members, too, but neither organization has yet responded to the inquiry.

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