NJ: Rogue SSA employee provided Social Security Numbers for a bank fraud scheme

Another insider breach involving the Social Security Administration has come to light.

In a federal court in New Jersey this week, Syed Rehman, 44, of Jersey City, admitted his role in a bank fraud scheme in which he used unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers to obtain credit cards and mortgages, causing four banks to lose a total of approximately $1 million.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court. Rehman admitted he paid an employee of the Social Security administration in order to unlawfully obtain Social Security numbers that he used in his scheme.  The name of the SSA employee was not indicated in the U.S. Attorney’s press release nor in the information on the defendant, and there is no mention of whether the SSA was ever prosecuted for his or her role.


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