A former nurse from Midway, Florida was convicted of wire fraud, theft of government funds, possession of unauthorized access devices and aggravated identity theft. The 41-year-old woman was employed as a nurse in a Tallahassee nursing home.
She stole the personal information of 26 patients, although she was discovered to have a notebook containing the personal information of 150 individuals.
?In 2011, the nurse used the stolen credentials to file fraudulent tax returns in the names of 105 individuals, including 24 patients of the nursing home. She filed claims totaling more than $1 million. The IRS detected many of the claims as fraudulent, although $141,790 in tax refunds was issued by the IRS. The refunds were deposited in multiple bank accounts and the funds were used to pay personal expenses, cover car repairs, and to pay off the nurse’s mortgage.
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She faces a maximum jail term of 20 years for each count of wire fraud, 10 years for each count of theft of government funds and possession of unauthorized access devices, and an additional two years will be added to her sentence for aggravated identity theft.
While the IRS has made substantial anti-fraud improvements, identity-based income tax refund fraud is up 3,700 percent over the past five years.
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