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    of identity fraud incidents in 2014 were related to Government documents and benefits according to the 2014 FTC Annual Report.

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    of all persons 16 or older in the US experienced at least one incident of identity fraud in 2014.

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  • With more than $400 billion in outstanding debts, states can no longer afford to ignore the problems they face in identity resolution.

  • More than $106 billion dollars are lost to improper payments each year, including tax fraud.

  • Since 2005, over 660 million identity records have been exposed, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

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  Jan 03, 2014

In today's Fraud of the Day based on a KRISTV.com article, we learn about a case in which the “time” was the crime and the victims were the American taxpayers in the case of a conspiracy to defraud the Medicaid program.

  Jan 14, 2014

The Alaska Dispatch covers a story about a criminal, who got caught filing fraudulent tax returns for some of his prison inmates, while already serving out a 15-year prison sentence for an unrelated conviction.

  Jan 17, 2014

AccountingToday.com details the story of one mailman in Georgia who went above and beyond the call of duty. He helped catch a tax preparer, who was involved in a tax refund fraud scheme that filed millions of dollars in phony tax returns.

Fake Proof

DMV Fraud-Florida

  Jan 22, 2014

The Miami Herald follows a story about a Venezuelan man who was in the business of selling bogus immigration stamps for thousands of dollars to undocumented immigrants for the purpose of obtaining Florida driver's licenses.

Anticipation

Identity Fraud- Alaska

  Jan 23, 2014

In a press release, the Department of Justice details the case of two fraudsters who obtained personal identification information and filed false tax returns in anticipation of receiving refunds for which they were not entitled.

Threatening Fraud

Tax Refund Fraud-Illinois

  Jan 31, 2014

The Chicago Sun-Times reports on a sovereign citizen who bilked the government of more than $1 million.

Tired of Fraud

Identity Fraud- Florida

  Feb 03, 2014

The Sun Sentinel reports on a former retirement fund worker who sold his clients' personal information to multiple criminals for a cut of the profits
made at their expense.

Fraud Chasers

Identity Fraud- Tennessee

  Feb 05, 2014

The Lebanon Democrat & Wilson County News reports on a story about the owners of an ambulance transportation service who chased down a few victims of their own and submitted more than $1.2 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Guest Writer: Frank Abagnale

Identity Fraud-National

  Feb 11, 2014

Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.

Permission to Commit Fraud

Tax Refund Fraud-Alabama

  Feb 12, 2014

The Montgomery Advertiser reports on a man who enlisted a variety of co-conspirators to commit identity theft and tax fraud.

Spoofing Fraud

Identity Fraud-Alabama

  Feb 13, 2014

AL.com, describes how one man's crime spoofed 110 victims and their financial institutions by pretending to be someone he wasn't. He stole their personal information and activated or reactivated credit cards in the names of the unsuspecting victims, ultimately costing their financial institutions
more than $656,000.

Lightning Can Strike Twice

Identity Fraud- Minnesota

  Feb 18, 2014

CR80 News reports on a Minnesota woman whose identity was used twice to gain fraudulent student loans.

A Trail of Deception

Medicare Fraud-Florida

  Feb 19, 2014

The News-Press details the story of two fraudsters who deceived Medicare by billing for more than $28 million in fraudulent claims.

Faking It Didn’t Make It

Document Fraud-Texas

  Feb 21, 2014

The San Francisco Chronicle follows a story about a former government employee, who was dolling out passports to people who were not U.S. citizens.

False Advertising

Medicare Fraud-New York

  Feb 25, 2014

As reported in the Times Ledger, today's “Fraud of the Day” describes how a doctor in New York used false advertising to lure senior citizens into two of his clinics and then used their Medicare numbers to fraudulently bill the program for
more than $15 million.

50-50 Split

Student Loan Fraud-California

  Feb 26, 2014

The Sacramento Bee reports on a man in California who fraudulently obtained student loan funds and took a 50 percent cut for himself.

Caught in the Act

Identity Fraud-Florida

  Feb 27, 2014

The Sun-Sentinel reports on three not-so-smart fraudsters, who got caught with some pretty incriminating evidence that linked them to tax refund fraud.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Identity Fraud/Tax Refund Fraud-Texas

  Feb 28, 2014

The Sun-Sentinel reports on three not-so-smart fraudsters, who got caught with some pretty incriminating evidence that linked them to tax refund fraud.

Hungry For Fraud

Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud – New York

  Mar 03, 2014

Today's “Fraud of the Day” was published by the Deomcrat & Chronicle which explains a man who has been sentenced to three years of supervised release after being found guilty of food stamp fraud.

Tough Love

Unemployment Fraud – Ohio

  Mar 04, 2014

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio is enforcing some “tough love” by requiring these fraudsters to forgo their federal income tax refund.

How Much is Enough?

Identity Fraud – Hawaii

  Mar 06, 2014

The Washington Times reports that one man in Hawaii had a significant amount of money, but that fact didn't prevent him from illegally obtaining more funds by bilking the government of about $200,000 of a variety of government benefits.

Making a Good Choice

Identity Fraud – California

  Mar 07, 2014

The Monterey County Herald details a story about a woman who electronically submitted more than 150 false claims for tax refunds - some from clients who had entrusted her to prepare their tax forms.

The Unique Faces of Fraud

DMV Fraud – New Jersey

  Mar 10, 2014

According to an article in The Star-Ledger, facial recognition technology is proving to be very beneficial for mitigating fraud within the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), which has recently used the hi-tech tool to make 69 arrests.

The Grim Fraudster

Medicaid Fraud – Idaho

  Mar 11, 2014

An article published on MagicValley.com details the story of a multi-tasking former Deputy Coroner from Idaho who performed these required duties while also operating a non-emergency transportation service and preparing taxes for friends, family and a few strangers. It appears she also had a knack for stealing Medicaid
beneficiary identifications.

Timing is Everything

Social Security Fraud – Connecticut

  Mar 13, 2014

The Courant follows a story about a man who tried to time his retirement earlier than he should have by assuming another man's identity.

Psyching Out Fraud

Healthcare/Identity Fraud – California

  Mar 14, 2014

Today's Fraud of the Day from the Glendale News-Press describes a California resident who tried to get away with “psyching out” Medicare through a prescription harvesting scheme that involved billing the government benefits program for anti-psychotic medicine.

Guest Writer: Geoffrey Slagle

DMV Fraud – National

  Mar 18, 2014

Geoffrey Slagle, Director of Identity Management, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) works on programs that encourage uniformity and reciprocity among the states and provinces in North America.

Confirming Suspicions

Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud – Massachusetts

  Mar 21, 2014

A story in The Boston Globe states that the success rate has increased due to quadrupling the number of investigators assigned to search out fraud and the use of a new streamlined system to report suspicious activity.

Getting on a Back-up

Welfare Fraud – Montana

  Mar 24, 2014

According to an article published on KTVQ.com, the former welfare director for the Blackfeet Tribe's Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) program wasn't counting on getting caught for embezzling government funds.

Access Denied

Identity Fraud – Maryland

  Mar 26, 2014

According to an article published on WJLA.com, a Maryland-based identity theft ring was responsible for stealing the personal information of more than
600 government employees.

House Call

Medicare Fraud – Michigan

  Mar 27, 2014

A press release issued by The Department of Justice describes how a former Detroit-area physician participated in a fraudulent scheme to bill Medicare for more than $11.5 million in house call services.

Living Large

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Ohio

  Mar 28, 2014

According to an article published on WLWT.com, the criminals used thousands of stolen taxpayer identities to reap the benefits of the fraudulent tax refunds.

A Family Affair

Unemployment Fraud – New Jersey

  Mar 31, 2014

An article published on NJ.com details the story of one Newark family, who had a lucrative business going, but the public didn't benefit from this business; instead, it was robbed.

Bad Habits are Hard to Break

Social Security Fraud- Kentucky

  Apr 03, 2014

An article published on Kentucky.com reports on a woman who had a bad habit of lying. She started her life of crime by lying about a disability on a Social Security Administration application. Then the fraudster lied about what she did for a living, while continuing to receive government benefits for her ‘disability.' Then to top it off, she filed for bankruptcy, but fibbed about her assets.

Brotherly Love

Tax Refund Fraud – Missouri

  Apr 04, 2014

The Kansas City Business Journal details the story of a man who goes by Brother Love, but his fraudulent actions were anything but loving and more related to the love of money.

Untrustworthy

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Florida

  Apr 09, 2014

An article posted on Examiner.com reports on an untrustworthy tax preparation business owner, who victimized his customers, making off with more than $350,000 in refund checks.

Identity Crisis

Multi Fraud – Massachusetts

  Apr 10, 2014

Today's “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release titled, “Medway Man Convicted of Fraud and Collecting Section 8 Housing Funds,” published by the Department of Justice on February 28, 2014.

Undercover Surveillance

Medicare Fraud – New York

  Apr 11, 2014

Today's “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Brooklyn Doctor Sentenced to 18 Years for Medicare Fraud,” written by Charisma L. Miller, Esq., and published by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Repeat Offender

Social Security Fraud – Texas

  Apr 14, 2014

The Sugar Land Sun reports on a Houston woman, who was already serving time for a prior conviction, but will now be adding on another prison sentence to her resume for cashing a deceased woman's Social Security checks.

Living a Life of Luxury

Disability Fraud – Oregon

  Apr 15, 2014

The Washington Free Beacon reports on an Oregon man, who bragged about his lifestyle one too many times and was caught for collecting thousands of dollars in government benefits for his family, who did not live in the United States.

Stamp of Disapproval

Welfare Fraud – Vermont

  Apr 17, 2014

A story reported in the Rutland Herald tells about a father who used his daughter's signature to defraud the government of approximately $10,000.

A Die Hard Criminal

Tax Refund Fraud – Florida

  Apr 18, 2014

The Suncoast News reports on a story of a “die-hard” fraudster with a very long rap sheet, who was pursuing a life of crime until he was caught using Veterans' stolen medical record information to file bogus tax returns.

Fleeing from Fraud

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud-Alabama

  Apr 22, 2014

The Department of Justice released a statement about an Alabama Man, who was pulled over for a traffic stop, but tossed a handgun while fleeing on foot from the scene. It turns out that some interesting evidence was found in his vehicle, and it was determined that he was a convicted felon.

Splitting The Difference

Medicaid/Medicare Fraud- Illinois

  Apr 23, 2014

An article published by Insurance Fraud NEWS covers one Illinois woman who served as her sister's PCA and fraudulently billed Medicaid for services she did not provide.

Frugal Fraud

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – California

  Apr 25, 2014

The Washington Times reports on a California man who appears to have committed tax fraud mainly for the thrill of the act and perhaps the chase from law enforcement.

How Low Can A Fraudster Go?

Multi Fraud – Florida

  Apr 29, 2014

An article in The Washington Times reports on a Florida woman who received more than $300,000 in government benefits that she was not qualified for and definitely
didn't deserve.

Caught in the Act

Workers Comp Fraud-California

  Apr 30, 2014

According to an article in the Daily Press, video surveillance led to the conviction of an out-of-work woman who tried to collect workers' compensation benefits for an injury that had healed.

Taking Advantage of Kids

Identity Fraud/ Medicaid Fraud- North Carolina

  May 01, 2014

An article in the Shelby Star reports on a childcare provider who did just that, and bilked the Medicaid program of $8 million.

  May 06, 2014

According to an article in D Healthcare, a piece of this enormous fraud puzzle was solved when a Texas man was sentenced for his part in the scam against the government benefits program.

Searching for Victims

Identity Fraud- New Jersey

  May 08, 2014

A story reported on NJ.com details how one repeat offender targeted elderly women to get away with identity theft and credit card fraud.

More is Less

Identity Fraud- Georgia

  May 09, 2014

The Smyrna-Vinings Patch reports on a man who wanted more money and went about his desire by illegally claiming more than $5 million in bogus tax refunds.

Guilty Victims of Fraud

Tax Refund Fraud-Alabama

  May 14, 2014

An article in the Montgomery Adviser details a $1 million fraudulent tax refund scheme involving incarcerated individuals in an Alabama prison.

Till Jail Do Us Part

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud-Georgia

  May 15, 2014

An article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle details the duo's crime involving hundreds of innocent tax payers.

A Lengthy Rap Sheet

Welfare Fraud-Pennsylvania

  May 16, 2014

Today's “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release titled, “Philadelphia Man With Multiple Identities Sentenced for $359,000 In Welfare Fraud,” issued by the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General. This crafty and deceitful man used multiple identities to cheat the government out of more than $359,000 in welfare benefits.

Putting out the Fraud Fire

Disaster Fraud-Oklahoma

  May 19, 2014

According to an article in Tulsa World, as affected residents began to rebuild their lives following the disastrous event, a Mannford woman deceptively took advantage of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) benefits.

Failure to Disclose

Medicare/Social Security Fraud-Virginia

  May 28, 2014

An article published in The Roanoke Times tells about a Virginia man who collected over $200,000 in Social Security and Medicare benefits because he failed to disclose that he had also earned compensation for several jobs, while simultaneously collecting government benefits.

  May 29, 2014

An article published in Fraud Magazine explains how student loan fraud is on the rise and how perpetrators are targeting Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs to accomplish their scams.

Hiding Fraud

Medicaid Fraud- New York

  May 30, 2014

Today's “Fraud of the Day” follows an article in Newsday that details the fraudulent activities of a Long Island pharmacy straw owner who bilked Medicaid out of $16 million.

Abuse of Position

Medicaid/Medicare Fraud — Texas

  Jun 02, 2014

An article published in the Examiner details the story of a licensed physician who took advantage of his position to fraudulently bill Medicare and Medicaid for services that were never provided.

Don’t Blame the Dog

Tax Refund Fraud/Identity Fraud-Texas

  Jun 05, 2014

A story from the Courthouse News Service describes a Dallas man who may have gotten an idea from the canine species to swallow a debit card to conceal his involvement in a multi-million dollar identity and tax refund
fraud scheme.

Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of Identity Theft

Tax Refund Fraud/Identity Fraud— National

  Jun 10, 2014

An article posted on WRAL.com reports that the identities of hundreds of doctors, dentists and nurses across Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire and North Carolina were recently used to fraudulently file hundreds of federal and state tax returns.

In Harm’s Way

Tax Refund Fraud/Identity Fraud— Georgia

  Jun 11, 2014

An article published in the Ledger-Enquirer.com describes how nine people allegedly stole the identities of Fort Benning soldiers for the purpose of submitting approximately $20 million in bogus tax returns.

Lies, Lies and More Lies

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud — Virginia

  Jun 13, 2014

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, today's "Fraud of the Day" details the lies a Virginia woman told that enabled her to obtain nearly $1 million in fraudulent tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Virginia.

Tricked Out

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Alabama

  Jun 18, 2014

An article in the Montgomery Advertiser details the story of two former corrections officers who tricked the Internal Revenue Service into issuing approximately $176,000 in improper tax refunds.

All in Good Fun

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud- Georgia

  Jun 25, 2014

An article published in The News Herald reports on two fraudsters who impersonated a variety of individuals by filing fake tax returns, getting away with more than half a million dollars.

An Inside Fraud Job

Identity Theft/Tax Return Fraud – Georgia

  Jun 27, 2014

An article published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle details the story of one IRS employee, who used her position to victimize 60 taxpayers and bilk the government of more than $500,000.

Lagging Behind

Medicaid/Identity Fraud – Georgia

  Jun 30, 2014

In 1965, the federal government launched the Head Start program, which was intended to support children under the age of five in impoverished situations by enhancing their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. The program, which currently serves more than one million children each year, was not intended to fund a lavish lifestyle for a dietician mentioned in an article posted on News4Jax.com.

Keeping a Detailed Record

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Florida

  Jul 02, 2014

An article in the Orlando Sentinel details the story of a fraudster who kept detailed records about his victims and how he collected approximately $400,000 from a tax-fraud scheme.

Fraud is Ageless

Social Security Fraud – New York

  Jul 07, 2014

The Buffalo News covers an elderly woman who tried to scam the government by applying for Social Security benefits under false names, even though she was already legitimately collecting benefits through
the program.

The Worst of Intentions

Student Loan Fraud-Texas

  Jul 09, 2014

An article in The Dallas Morning News tells about a man who definitely had intentions when he applied for financial aid, but they were not
good intentions.

Jack Pot

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Georgia

  Jul 16, 2014

An article in The Augusta Chronicle covers the story of a Georgia woman who didn't exactly win the lottery, but led a million-dollar tax fraud conspiracy that defrauded the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through bogus tax returns claiming lottery winnings.

Living Within Her Means

Social Security Fraud – Pennsylvania

  Jul 17, 2014

An article posted on the Philadelphia CBS affiliate's Web site reports that despite her age, a grandmother involved in collecting Social Security benefits for which she did not qualify, will be serving time for her crime.

Fastest Growing Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud- National

  Jul 21, 2014

According to an article published on CBSLA.com, synthetic identity theft is a top concern for law enforcement officials and those who have
been victimized.

The Check is Not in the Mail

Unemployment Insurance Fraud – New Jersey

  Jul 22, 2014

According to an article posted on NJ.com, there are between 1,600 to 2,000 attempts to bilk the system each week

Wooed by Fraud

Medicare Fraud – Michigan

  Jul 25, 2014

There are a variety of methods for wooing Medicare beneficiaries to participate, and as a Department of Justice press release states, one Detroit doctor chose to prescribe controlled substances to carry out his part of a $7 million scam.

Blind Ambition

Tax Refund Fraud – New York

  Jul 31, 2014

An article published in the New York Daily News describes a legally blind tax preparer who was bound and determined to cheat both the federal and New York State governments out of nearly $2.6 million.

  Aug 01, 2014

This is a true story of a LexisNexis colleague’s overwhelming experience with identity theft. Let’s just call him Bill.

  Aug 04, 2014

This is a continuation from Friday’s Fraud of the Day detailing a true story of a LexisNexis colleague’s overwhelming experience with identity theft. Let’s just call him Bill.

 

Fame and Fortune

Medicare Fraud- California

  Aug 05, 2014

As reported by the Beverly Press, today's "Fraud of the Day" subject set up shop in West Hollywood with the intent to seek fortune through a scheme that bilked Medicare of $1.5 million.

  Aug 07, 2014

A press release published by the Department of Justice details the illegal activities of two company owners, an elderly doctor, and a hospital employee who ran a fraud scheme that bilked the Medicare program of $3 million.

Zig vs. Zag

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Florida

  Aug 11, 2014

A story posted on News4Jax.com details the bad choices made by a Jacksonville woman, who took part in an identity theft scheme that was actually named "Operation Zig Zag" by the Florida State Attorney's Office, the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Waiting for Disaster to Happen

Disaster Fraud – Missouri

  Aug 12, 2014

A press release issued from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) details the criminal efforts of two men who tried to make some extra money at the expense of those who lived through the 2011 Joplin tornado.

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Alabama

  Aug 13, 2014

A press release published by the Department of  Justice describes one woman's feigned attempt at ignorance while testifying at her own defense trial. She did not want to admit to her part in a tax fraud scheme.

Fanny Pack Fraud

Medicare Fraud – Florida

  Aug 14, 2014

Fanny packs can be used to tote around a variety of items including keys, a wallet, a cell phone and, according to an article on ProRepublica.com, a stack of bogus prescriptions linked to a massive Medicare fraud scheme.

True Accusations

Workers’ Compensation Fraud – Ohio

  Aug 26, 2014

An article published on WDTN.com covers the case of an Ohio man, who was accused of deceiving the government by collecting workers' compensation while self-employed.

Precarious Position

Medicare/Identity Fraud – Texas

  Aug 27, 2014

An article in The Dallas Morning News follows the investigation and conviction of the doctor who took advantage of his patients in order to submit more than $1.1 million in claims to Medicare.

School of Hard Knocks

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – New York

  Aug 28, 2014

An article published on SILive.com follows a young school teacher who moonlighted as a fraudster to generate extra income for her lavish lifestyle.

A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

Identity/Student Loan Fraud – Georgia

  Sep 03, 2014

According to an article published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a little bit of information went a long way towards one fraudster gaining $52,000 in student loan funds he did not deserve.

Calling on Fraud

Identity Fraud-Florida

  Sep 08, 2014

According to an article on BankInfoSecurity.com, eight co-conspirators allegedly took advantage of a prominent phone company’s database and participated in a huge fraud scheme that left its victims calling for help.

Documenting Fraudsters

Document Fraud- Arizona

  Sep 09, 2014

An article published by The Washington Times tells the story of a Mexican national whose illegal acts threatened the security of our nation.

Adding Insult to Injury

Identity Fraud – Massachusetts

  Sep 11, 2014

An article published in the Telegram & Gazette confirms this idiom by telling the story of a Worcester woman accused of stealing the identity of her boyfriend's ex-wife and using it to fraudulently obtain disability benefits.

Pros and Cons

Tax Refund/Health Care Fraud – Georgia

  Sep 16, 2014

An article posted on WMAZ.com shares the details of a con woman who was a pro at defrauding the government and her employer until she was caught and prosecuted for her illegal actions.

Hijacked Credentials

Social Security Fraud – Texas

  Sep 17, 2014

An article published on Click2Houston.com follows the story of a woman who hijacked someone else's credentials and then committed Social Security fraud.

Theft by Deception

Unemployment Insurance Fraud – Maine

  Sep 18, 2014

An article published by the Portland Press Herald explains how a Maine man was convicted of theft by deception by collecting state unemployment benefits while working.

Collusion

Welfare Fraud – Maine

  Sep 22, 2014

A story published by the Portland Press Herald tells about a husband and wife team who colluded about their living situation in order to collect state welfare, food stamps and Social Security benefits over a three-year period of time.

Supporting a Habit

Tax/Identity Fraud – New York

  Sep 24, 2014

An article in the Credit Union Times tells about a former manager from an Oklahoma Credit Union who resorted to stealing money to support her gambling habit.

Right under Your Nose

Welfare Fraud- Michigan

  Sep 26, 2014

An article reported on WOODTV.com reported that two fraudsters in Michigan committed welfare fraud while employed by the Michigan Department of Human Services.

Summer Job

Medicare Fraud- California

  Sep 29, 2014

An article in The Glendale News-Press tells about foreign students visiting the United States on summer work visas and the part appear to have played in defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars.

Head Check

Medicaid/Identity Fraud – North Carolina

  Oct 01, 2014

According to an article published in the News & Observer, a North Carolina woman, who ran a counseling business, scammed Medicaid by using patient ID numbers to bill the government benefits program for services that were not needed nor provided.

Always Ask Questions

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud-Georgia

  Oct 03, 2014

A story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells about how a Georgia tax preparer convinced 5,000 unsuspecting victims to let him submit their tax returns as part of a $5 million tax refund fraud scheme.

A Trail of Evidence

Tax Refund Fraud – Pennsylvania

  Oct 06, 2014

An article published by The Morning Call tells about a Pennsylvania man who thought he could get away with filing tax returns in the names of unsuspecting victims and the nearly $3 million he collected from the U.S. Treasury.

Exploiting the Dead

Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Missouri

  Oct 08, 2014

An article posted on ConnectMidMissouri.com states that a Georgia man used the identities of deceased individuals to steal more than $2.3 million in tax refunds from 17 states.

Driving Away Fraud

DMV Fraud – California

  Oct 10, 2014

An article in the Times of San Diego mentions that a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) worker accepted money in exchange for falsifying the results of driving exams

What’s Yours is Mine

Tax Refund Fraud – Georgia

  Oct 14, 2014

An article published by The News Journal tells about a Georgia man who is charged with supplying the personal identification information belonging to hundreds of victims to co-conspirators who sought more than $4 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

They Don’t Care Who You Are

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Mississippi

  Oct 30, 2014

An article published on MSNewsNow.com reveals how one woman accomplished a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme by targeting prisoners.

The High Price of SIRF

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Texas

  Nov 10, 2014

A story posted on ABC13.com tells about two men who were caught hiding behind a tax refund fraud scheme that bilked the Treasury Department of more than half a million dollars.

The Tables Have Turned

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Florida

  Nov 11, 2014

An article posted on Miami.CBSLocal.com tells about one correctional officer in Florida who used his position to steal the identities of inmates in order to file fraudulent income tax returns.

Checks and Balances

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud- Virginia

  Nov 14, 2014

An article published in The Virginian-Pilot details how a check cashing business uncovered a tax fraud scheme that netted more than $2 million in fraudulent income tax refunds.

 

Permission Slip for Fraud

Health Care Fraud – Massachusetts

  Nov 17, 2014

An article published in The Boston Globe details how a job applicant’s personal information was used without her permission to bill government agencies for services that she did not provide as a psychologist. 

Recruiting for Fraud

Social Security/Tax Refund Fraud – Massachusetts

  Nov 19, 2014

An article posted on MassLive.com tells about a criminal who assisted with recruiting couriers to help carry out a scam that laundered $110,000 worth of Social Security benefits and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax refunds.

At Risk

Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Georgia

  Nov 20, 2014

Today's "Fraud of the Day" story, reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, details how a brother and sister team used identity theft to file more than $2 million in fraudulent tax returns.

Deep-Sixing Fraud

Social Security Fraud – Tennessee

  Nov 24, 2014

An article published by the Knoxville News Sentinel tells the story of a woman who used her two dead aunts to live a pretty nice life, unbeknownst to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Pouring Salt on a Wound

Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Ohio

  Nov 26, 2014

It appears that identity theft is the culprit as evidenced by a recent scheme reported on WLWT.com and carried out by a southwest Ohio man, who stooped to an all-time low. He used the identities of deceased children to try to steal approximately $40,000 in fraudulent tax refunds.

Identity Shopping Spree

Identity Fraud – Florida

  Dec 01, 2014

A Department of Justice press release details the story of a Florida man who was caught trying to purchase stolen identities with the intent to obtain credit cards for making purchases, withdraw money and file fraudulent tax returns.

Abusing Trust

Medicaid Fraud – Georgia

  Dec 16, 2014

An article published by The Ackworth Patch describes how two health care services company owners allegedly used after school programs and community meetings to defraud the Medicaid program of nearly $1 million.

Nothing Is As It Seems

Passport Fraud – Alaska

  Dec 19, 2014

According to an article published by Alaska Dispatch News, one woman put up a good facade to her co-workers who vouched for her, but in the end they didn’t really know her at all.

Sick of Fraud

Identity Theft – Texas

  Jan 09, 2015

An article published in The Dallas Morning News follows the story of a woman who stole the identity of a registered nurse and used it to get a job as a hospice worker at eight different hospice companies over a three-year period of time.

Guest Writer: Greg Desmarais

Identity Theft – National

  Jan 13, 2015

As Chief Information Officer for i-SAFE Inc., Greg oversees the product development and systems infrastructure ensuring that i-SAFE's offerings comply with or exceed information protection requirements.

Lucrative Fraud

Tax Refund Fraud- Florida

  Jan 15, 2015

An article published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells about two fraudsters who sought more than $2.25 million in refunds by filing fraudulent tax returns.

Epic Fraud

Identity Theft – Virginia

  Jan 16, 2015

A story posted on PilotOnline.com describes a Virginia identity thief whose fraudulent actions have reached epic proportions.

Nickname for Fraudster

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Georgia

  Jan 23, 2015

An article published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details a $1 million tax fraud scam perpetrated by a few fraudsters with nicknames.

Cashing in on Identity Fraud

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Virginia

  Jan 28, 2015

An article posted on PilotOnline.com details the story of a check cashing business employee who accepted kickbacks for her part in a multimillion-dollar identity theft scheme.

Too Much Time on Their Hands

Identity/Unemployment Insurance Fraud – Florida

  Feb 04, 2015

An article published by the South Florida Business Journal explains how two teenagers stayed pretty busy, but got into trouble over running a successful identity fraud ring that involved more than 600 victims.

Laying Low

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – South Dakota

  Feb 05, 2015

A story posted on FoxNews.com tells about one college student’s unusual behavior that tipped off authorities to a tax refund fraud scheme that netted $400,000.

Cold, Hard Fraud

Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Kentucky

  Feb 19, 2015

An article published in the Lexington Herald-Leader tells about a conspiracy that netted $600,000 by using stolen identities to file false federal income tax returns.

Cash Machine

Student Loan/Identity Fraud – Pennsylvania

  Feb 25, 2015

An article posted on WJLA.com tells about how a husband and wife used student loans to create a personal cash machine that bilked the government of more than $272,000.

Fraud Three-peat

Health Care/Identity Fraud – New York

  Feb 27, 2015

The term "three-peat" is usually associated with American sports and is used to describe a team that has won three back-to-back championships. If there were a fraud championship, a woman mentioned in an article published in The Buffalo News, would be a serious contender.

Fraud at First Sight

Tax Refund Fraud – Oregon

  Mar 09, 2015

In an article published in The Oregonian, one woman met her husband, who happened to be a prisoner, through an online dating service. Together they became partners in crime and carried off a fraudulent scheme that stole approximately $174,000 from the Internal Revenue Service.

Dirty Money

Medicare Fraud – Florida

  Mar 13, 2015

An article published in the Miami Herald describes how a woman assumed multiple identities as various medical personnel to pull off a scam that stole $8.5 million from Medicare.

Second Time Around

Unemployment Fraud- New Jersey

  Mar 20, 2015

An article posted on NJ.com tells about the criminal acts of one man who managed to direct an unemployment insurance fraud scheme from behind bars, while serving time for a tax fraud scheme.

The Fraud Underworld

Tax Refund Fraud – Florida

  Mar 23, 2015

An article published in the Miami Herald follows the explosive growth of tax fraud in South Florida, citing several criminals and the scams they used to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through the use of Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).

Winning the War on Public Assistance Fraud

Multi-State Contributory Solution Reduces SNAP Fraud

  Mar 24, 2015

According to a whitepaper titled, “Multi-State Contributory Solution Reduces Duplicate Participation/Benefits and Fraud in SNAP,” this new defense mechanism – the National Accuracy Clearinghouse (NAC) – is already proving to be quite successful in preventing the loss of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits across five states.

Going to Great Lengths

Student Loan Fraud – Ohio

  Apr 02, 2015

An article posted on WKYC.com tells the story of a couple who ran an elaborate scheme involving fake high school diplomas, undeserved financial aid and a college operated by the man and his wife.

Choose Your Friends Wisely

Tax Refund Fraud- Georgia

  Apr 03, 2015

An article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details the story of nine unscrupulous business associates who ran a scam that bilked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of more than $2 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

Accountability

Unemployment Fraud- Florida

  Apr 16, 2015

An article published in the South Florida Business Journal follows an industrious criminal who tried to get away with collecting more than $1.1 million in government benefits he did not deserve.

Correcting the Damage

Tax Refund Fraud/Identity Theft – Multi State

  Apr 23, 2015

An article posted on WSFA.com tells about an income tax refund fraud ring allegedly run by nine women in Alabama and Georgia.

Taking a Cut

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Florida

  Apr 27, 2015

An article published by the Tallahassee Democrat tells about one woman and two co-conspirators who used a fraudulent tax refund check cashing scheme to steal thousands of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Restraining Fraud

Medicare Fraud – Illinois

  May 06, 2015

A Federal Bureau of Investigation press release details how a man stole more than $20 million from Medicare over five years through two Chicago-based home health companies that he controlled.

Juggling Too Many Balls

Multi-Fraud – Connecticut

  May 07, 2015

A story posted on Patch.com tells about a man who manipulated three government programs and got away with more than $30,000 in benefits he did not deserve.

Life on the Inside

Tax Fraud – California

  May 12, 2015

An article published by The Sacramento Bee tells how a former California prison inmate managed to lead a tax return scam that stole nearly $220,000 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The Irony of Multi-tasking

Multi- Fraud- Iowa

  May 18, 2015

An article posted on RadioIowa.com tells the story of a Des Moines woman who was quite the multi-tasker when it comes to scamming the government out of benefits she did not deserve.

Guest Writer: Eva Velasquez

Unemployment/Identity Theft- National

  May 22, 2015

Eva Velasquez is the President/CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center, a non-profit organization which serves victims of identity theft.

Colliding with the Law

Student Loan Fraud – Virginia

  Jun 09, 2015

A story published in The News & Advance tells about what happened when one woman's plot to scam a student loan program and a few insurance companies collided with the law.

Surprise!

Tax Fraud -Virginia

  Jun 11, 2015

An article published by The Virginian-Pilot tells about some federal investigators who raided the home of a business owner looking for evidence of one crime, but discovered way more than they could have ever imagined.

Go Big or Go Home

Federal Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Alabama

  Jun 17, 2015

A story posted on OANow.com tells about a woman who was involved in a stolen identity tax refund ring that claimed more than $7.5 million in tax refunds. Instead of getting to spend her cut of the illegally gained funds, she now has to pay it back and it doesn’t look like she’ll get to go home any time soon.

Placing a High Priority

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – District of Columbia

  Jun 25, 2015

A Department of Justice (DOJ) press release details how one man victimized a wide variety of vulnerable people by participating in one of the largest prosecutions to date involving more than 12,000 bogus tax returns and approximately $40 million in illegal tax refunds.

Family Connection

Student Loan/Identity Fraud – Georgia

  Jul 06, 2015

An article published in the Merced Sun-Star tells about a family connection to a student loan fraud scheme that bilked more than $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Pen Pal

Federal Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Washington

  Jul 10, 2015

A Department of Justice press release states that a Washington woman used the relationships she built with several prison inmates across the country to obtain personal information she later used to file fraudulent tax returns.

Puppets on a String

Identity Fraud – Pennsylvania

  Jul 14, 2015

Without the puppeteer's controlled guidance, the puppet would not come to life. An article published by The Morning Call tells about two men (the puppets) who were controlled by an accomplished fraudster (the puppeteer). With his guidance, they carried out numerous crimes involving identity fraud.

Top Priority

Federal Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Alabama

  Jul 29, 2015

A recent Department of Justice press release tells about a successful prosecution and conviction of an Alabama man who tried to get away with Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) by using the personal information of multiple individuals, including prison inmates.

Wishy-washy

Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Virginia

  Aug 14, 2015

An article posted on 13NewsNow.com tells about a Virginia man who originally pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $2.6 million tax refund fraud scheme, but then withdrew his plea.

Hiding in Plain View

Workers’ Compensation/Identity Fraud – Georgia

  Aug 18, 2015

An article posted on BusinessInsurance.com tells about a woman who is suspected of trying to hide from law enforcement’s view by allegedly assuming one of her twin daughters’ identities.

The Fraud is in the Details

Student Loan Fraud/Identity Fraud – Georgia

  Aug 21, 2015

In an article published by the Ledger-Enquirer, a Georgia woman was able to hide the details of her crime involving a student loan and got away with stealing more than $100,000 from a student loan company and a financial institution.

Identity Fraud Epidemic

Identity/Tax Refund Fraud – Florida

  Aug 31, 2015

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release states that following a crackdown by the Identity Theft Strike Force in the South Florida region, four co-conspirators involved in an identity theft tax refund fraud scheme are now going to pay for stealing more than $100,000 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Eroding Trust

Identity Fraud – Florida

  Sep 02, 2015

An article posted on WTSP.com tells about the charges filed against a woman who allegedly stole the identity of at least 10 patients who lived at the assisted-living facility she owned operated with an expired license.

Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Unemployment Insurance/Identity Fraud- Multi- State

  Sep 08, 2015

Real life can often be stranger than fiction as exemplified by an article posted on WKYC.com, which tells about a man who created multiple fictitious companies and non-existent employees in order to bilk unemployment insurance benefits from four different states.

  Sep 10, 2015

A story published in The Dallas Morning News follows a family scheme headed up by a mother involving her children, her husband and several other family members.

Kicking the Habit

Health Care/Identity Fraud – Maryland

  Sep 14, 2015

A story posted on MyEasternShoreMD.com tells about how a woman’s addiction to forging prescriptions led her to commit fraud.

For Rent

Medicaid Fraud – North Carolina

  Sep 17, 2015

An article published by The Charlotte Observer tells about three women and a $6 million Medicaid fraud scheme that involved renting out one of the women’s Medicaid provider number.

The Insanity of It All

Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – Iowa

  Nov 05, 2015

KGAN-TV reports that a woman was recently sentenced for fraudulently filing 150 tax returns over the course of three years, and for stealing money from the federal government.

Woman pleads guilty in ID theft; seniors promised movie roles

Unemployment Insurance/Identity Fraud – California

  Nov 06, 2015

Today's fraud, courtesy of mylanews.com deals with a woman who stole the identities of senior citizens in order to claim unemployment insurance for them. She gave them fake jobs at a company she claimed to operate, promising them the potential for roles in Hollywood films.

When Fraud Becomes Fashionable

Student Loan/Identity Fraud – Illinois

  Nov 12, 2015

The Daily Herald reports that two sisters pleaded guilty on October 20, 2015, to stealing students’ identities in order to steal $300,000 in fraudulent student aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

Anything Fraud Worth Doing…

Federal Tax Refund/Identity Fraud – New York

  Nov 13, 2015

Two fraudsters who exemplify this behavior were the recent subjects of a New Haven Register story. The story explains how a man and his accomplice attempted to commit an identity theft and tax fraud conspiracy that would have netted the pair more than $234 million in federal tax refunds.

Spreading the Wealth

Tax Refund Fraud – Florida

  Dec 02, 2015

According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, one man confidently deposited more than $2.2 million across 11 bank accounts until he was busted for stealing tax refund checks from unsuspecting victims.

Without Consent

Tax Refund Fraud – West Virginia

  Dec 04, 2015

The Huntington News tells the story of a man who filed taxes on behalf of his family members and friends without their consent, collecting thousands of dollars in fraudulent tax returns.

  Jan 25, 2016

Guest writer article written by John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service and Gale Garriott, Executive Director, Federation of Tax Administrators

Keeping Your Tax Identity Safe

Tax Identity Fraud-National

  Jan 26, 2016

Guest writer article by: Eva Casey Valasquez, CEO/President, Identity Theft Resource Center

One for the Books

Tax Refund Fraud – Federal

  Mar 09, 2016

It takes a conniving mind to make claims to the Internal Revenue Service for more than $63 million dollars in fraudulent income tax refunds. But federal prosecutors allege that is exactly the scheme that one Arizona business owner embarked on,  according to an article in The Arizona Republic.

What’s in a name? For some, jail time.

Multi Fraud – Federal and Massachusetts

  Mar 11, 2016

The Republican via MassLive.com reports on a particularly strange web of lies woven by a Massachusetts man during his plot to steal more than $100,000 worth of social services from the state and federal government.

Temp Job Leads One to Rob

Welfare Fraud – Indiana

  Mar 22, 2016

In January, the Indy Star reported that a woman employed by a temporary staffing firm was assigned to an Indiana state contractor in charge of administering welfare benefits. While there she was caught abusing her position to illegally collect social services checks for herself and others. 

  Mar 22, 2016

As any fan of crime shows can attest, criminals’ patterns are usually what lead to their capture. If one get-rich-quick scheme seems to be working, why not keep it going? (Trick question.) The answer can be found in the experience of three Wisconsin sisters who collectively racked up 90 felony charges of tax fraud and identity theft, according to a Fox 6 Now local Wisconsin news report.

A ‘Cozy’ Crime

Multi Fraud – Illinois

  Apr 14, 2016

A recent report by The State Journal-Register details such a case, in which a café owner looking to fudge his business tax numbers coerced his employees into registering the restaurant under their own names.

Trafficking Welfare, Taking Names

Multi-Fraud – Federal

  Apr 19, 2016

A recent story reported by Press and Guide tells of woman in Michigan who applied for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on behalf of more than 300 out-of-state persons, whose information she obtained from an existing—and extensive—list of stolen identities.

  Apr 25, 2016

Eva Casey Velasquez is the President/CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center, a non-profit organization which serves victims of identity theft. Ms. Velasquez previously served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. The last 11 of those years were spent conducting economic crimes investigations, with a focus on consumer protection cases such as false advertising and unfair business practices.

A Taxing Affair

Tax Refund Fraud – Federal

  Apr 27, 2016

The Charlotte Observer reports that a group of North Carolina residents learned this lesson the hard way, when a pair of criminals saw opportunity in “helping” people file their tax returns.

  Apr 28, 2016

Drugs can turn anyone into a monster, and when you compound a narcotics addiction with existing mental health problems, it’s advisable to be prepared for the worst. The Fairborn Daily Herald walks readers through a pair of drug-addled Ohio residents’ descent into a life of crime, to fund their methamphetamine habit.

Fraud Knows No Borders

Multi-Fraud – Federal

  Apr 29, 2016

Some of us have grown so accustomed to the widespread use of identity theft for financial gain that we forget about the other terrible crimes a person could commit in our name. According to a report by centralmaine.com, some poor man in Ohio had his name fraudulently added to the Maine Sex Offender Registry by his identity thief.

Identity Disorder

Identity Fraud – California

  May 03, 2016

A report by Lake Elsinore-Wilodmar Patch details how a 32-year-old California woman was caught stealing the identities of as many as 97 different victims by taking mail, packages and other personal items from her victims’ homes.

Layoffs at the Fraud Factory

Tax Refund Fraud – Federal

  May 11, 2016

The Associated Press reports that a self-proclaimed “Money King” attempted to channel more than $100 million in stolen income tax refunds into a music-less rap label, in what investigators said is one of the largest of such fraud schemes uncovered by the Internal Revenue Service.

Like Mother, Like Brother

Unemployment Fraud – Multi-State

  Jun 03, 2016

Hartford Courant reports on a woman and her two sons, who were caught registering phony businesses with state unemployment programs, stealing identities to list as “employees” and then filing and collecting fraudulent unemployment claims on their behalf.

A Different Kind of Financial Cushion

Social Security Fraud – New Jersey

  Jun 06, 2016

Last January, the New Jersey Attorney General’s office published a press release that detailed how a young man is in trouble with the law after he “inherited” an illegal 72 year old Social Security account owned by his deceased father.

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