FL: Suspected identification theft at Highlands Regional may have led to fraud

Jay Meisel reports:

Between 400 and 500 residents of Highlands County may have been defrauded of millions of dollars because of identity theft, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said Monday.

Benton said the investigation of that possible fraud has targeted five suspects, three of whom were former employees of Highlands Regional Medical Center.

Most of the fraud, she said, involved people using stolen personal identification information to apply for tax refunds in the names of the victims. Benton said one case of fraud led to a much larger investigation and a search warrant of a home that resulted in seizure of computers and guns.

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