Identity fraud case has broader scope than first thought

Andrea Simmons reports on a case mentioned on this blog last month.

… A simple investigation into a couple stolen checks has evolved into what Duluth authorities say is a wide-ranging tax fraud case involving Ford, three separate identity theft rings with half a dozen or more conspirators and upwards of 5,800 victims.

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After obtaining a warrant to search Ford’s house, police found boxes of financial documents such as old mortgage applications, HUD documents and tax forms. In three-ring binders, Ford had collected the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of 5,779 people, Foster said.

Ford, a former real estate broker whose license has been suspended, created a company called E-Pro tax service that is registered with the state. Setting up the company allowed her to access individuals’ credit reports from third-party credit reporting agencies, Foster said.

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