2000 patient records used in fraudulent tax return identity theft scam
Three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of over 2000 patient records that were used in lodgment of fraudulent tax returns.
Two of them worked for the Orange County Health Department in Florida but did not actually work together or know each other. They provided the information to the same identity thieves that lodged the false tax returns. The third person that did not work at the health department was charged with facilitating some of the transactions.
The tax return claims lodged totaled $4 million, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Gerald Williams was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in federal prison.
Shanterica Smith was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.
Delray Duncan was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in federal prison.
Others involved in helping file the fake returns have not been charged yet and the investigation is ongoing.