Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Corey Thompson, a former cable and Internet installer for a cable company, was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison for his involvement in a tax refund fraud scheme (h/t DataBreaches.net).
Thompson had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims and one count of aggravated identity theft in July 2012.
According to court documents, in 2011 and 2012, Thompson hijacked customers' Internet service while completing installations at their homes, then later filed false tax returns using the hijacked Internet access, making it appear that the returns had been filed by the victim. The refunds were sent on pre-paid debit cards, but were intercepted by the U.S. Postal Service.
Court documents also state that, in January 2012, Thompson and his co-conspirators acquired victims' personal information from a prison guard and from an employee at a debt collection agency, and used that information to file at least 27 fraduluent 2011 tax returns requesting a total of $91,304 in refunds.