Hundreds of Stolen Patient Identities Used to Claim Fraudulent Tax Returns
Five people in south Florida have pleaded guilty to using pilfered medical records to claim more than $775,000 in fraudulent tax refunds.
Authorities discovered the scheme when a confidential source tried to buy drugs from one of the defendants and was instead offered access to hundreds of medical records.
Michael Ali Bryant sold 250 identities to the investigators' source and provided instructions on how to use them to file false tax returns online, according to a press release from the Miami Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An Internal Revenue Service investigation found 226 false claims linked to Bryant, totaling $775,879. The IRS paid refunds for 78 of those returns to the tune of $221,576.
The stolen identities came from a medical services provider where Bryant's co-defendant Angela Dione Rosier worked.
Rosier gave login credentials for the patient database to Tiffany Shenae Cooper, who then stole patient information with assistance from Rosier and Marquis Onigirin Moye.
Bryant's wife, Latina Rashawn Bryant, was also involved in the identity theft and tax fraud.
Michael Bryant will be sentenced in April.
Cooper and Rosier will be sentenced at the end of February and Latina Bryant and Moye will be sentenced in March.
HR Staffer Sentenced for Using Worker IDs in Tax Fraud Scheme
Jennifer Meier Hunt was sentenced last week to two years and six months in federal prison for claiming fraudulent tax refunds using identities stolen from a Tampa-area staffing service, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A confidential informant told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April 2011 that some employees of staffing company Kforce were stealing identities from the company database and using TurboTax.com to file false tax returns, according to reporting by the Tampa Tribune.
The investigation revealed that Hunt used stolen identities to e-file 75 returns worth $187,687.
Hunt received $97,238 to debit cards from the 47 fraudulent returns that were accepted by the Internal Revenue Service.
As part of the sentence, the court also ordered her to return the proceeds of the tax refunds she stole.