NYS Tax Department: 65 companies have been victimized by tax scams

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Mar 172017
 

WHEC reports:

The state Tax Department is warning companies and workers after it says 65 companies with New York employees have been victimized by tax scams.

As a result, 7,100 Social Security numbers across the state have been compromised, the department says.

Read more on WHEC.

Cincinnati Eye Institute employees victims of tax refund fraudsters

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Mar 142017
 

John Matarese reports that a number of employees of Cincinnati Eye Institute have discovered that their identity information has been misused by criminals filing for tax refunds. While CEI claims that any breach does not involve their system, they are offering their employees credit monitoring protection services.

At the present time, it’s not clear whether a business associate or third-party vendor may be responsible for the problem. No patient data were affected, which is a bit of good news.

Read more on WCPO.

Cuban national accused in UPMC tax-return scheme plans guilty plea

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Mar 132017
 

Torsten Ove reports:

A Cuban national extradited last summer from Venezuela to face charges that he used hundreds of stolen UPMC employee identifications to file bogus tax returns for millions in refunds is prepared to admit to his crimes.

Yoandy Perez Llanes, 32, and his public defender filed notice Monday that he will enter a guilty a plea on March 29 before U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak.

[…]

Federal agents said the case began when computer hackers stole 62,000 W-2 forms from UPMC’s computer system and sold them on the “darknet,” encrypted website marketplaces for stolen information.

Mr. Llanes and three others are accused of buying 935 of the W-2s to file fake returns.

Read more on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Former Social Security worker indicted on identity theft charges

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Mar 032017
 

Andrew Keshner reports:

An ex-Social Security Administration worker was indicted by a Brooklyn federal grand jury for swiping social security numbers and birthdates, authorities said Friday.

Sharon Coffee-Dean, of Queens, is charged with stealing the information of 41 people and selling them to individuals who filed fraudulent tax returns.

Read more on the New York Daily News.

Newnan Woman Sentenced for Student Financial Aid Fraud; Used Patients’ Info

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Feb 282017
 

NEWNAN, Ga. – Andrea R. Williams has been sentenced to six years and seven months in federal prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for using stolen identities to file dozens of fraudulent federal student aid applications.

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: From in or about January 2013 until in or about November 2015, Williams filed dozens of fraudulent financial student aid applications (FSA), mostly with community colleges in Dallas County, Texas. The Dallas County Community College network identified similarities in a series of applications and sought assistance from the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The similarities identified included a common IP address associated with over half of the suspicious applications. Additionally, three of the fraudulent applications listed dependents who were identified as Williams’ minor children. Finally, in one application, Williams signed her own name on paperwork she submitted, instead of the name of the stolen identity she used to file the FSA.

In total, Williams received more than $200,000 in financial aid out of the over $500,000 that she was awarded. When confronted by law enforcement, Williams admitted to this conduct and explained that she stole the identities from the patient database of a healthcare company where she briefly worked. She also admitted to using stolen identities to obtain numerous credit cards which she used to purchase electronics, clothing, and furniture. Finally, she admitted that she forged a doctor’s signature on a medical disability statement in order to get approximately $47,000 of her personal education debt discharged.

Andrea R. Williams, 36, of Newnan, Georgia, has been sentenced to six years, seven months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, to pay a $200 special assessment, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $277,434.50. Williams has been convicted on these charges on October 6, 2016, after she pleaded guilty.

This case was investigated by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Diane C. Schulman prosecuted the case.

 

SOURCE: Information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia