FL: Hollywood Man Sentenced To Over 12 Years For Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Case Involving Theft Of Over 5,000 Identities

There’s a follow-up to a case previously noted on DataBreaches.net, and it appears to be yet another case of an insider breach to fuel a tax refund fraud scheme in Florida, but we still don’t know the name of the company or covered entity from whom the identity information was stolen. Nor do we know whether this breach was ever reported to HHS. None of the entries in the public breach tool correspond exactly with the description of this breach provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Richard Anthony Siler, 50, of Hollywood, Florida was sentenced to 154 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release after being convicted at trial of one count of use of unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(2), one count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3), and three counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1).

According to the evidence presented at trial, Siler had previously provided lists of individuals’ personal identity information to an FBI confidential source knowing the identity information would be used for identity theft tax refund fraud. In a subsequent recorded conversation, Siler told the confidential source that Siler could sell approximately “ten thousand” to “thirteen thousand” people’s identity information a week. Siler also told the confidential source that these identities were “never before revealed.” The evidence at trial established that Siler had worked for a company where he had access to lists of people’s personal identity information.

On February 14, 2014, Richard Siler sent an e-mail to the confidential source containing an attachment with the personal identity information of approximately 5,200 elderly Medicare patients. On that same date, the confidential source provided Siler with $6,200 in currency in exchange for those identities and Siler was arrested.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida


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