Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida recently announced that Douglas Young, a.k.a. "Douglas Pierre," 41, and his wife, Nicole Young, a.k.a. "Nicole Pierre," 42, have been sentenced for their involvement in a stolen identity tax refund scheme (h/t DataBreaches.net).
The Youngs had previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal government property, one count of theft of government property, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
The couple apparently owned and operated two tax preparation companies, Supreme Tax and Young Professional Services, Inc., which they used to obtain victims' personal information. They then used that information to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds totaling more than $1.2 million, which were deposited into bank accounts controlled by co-conspirators Ernest V. Charles, 37, Joseph Bshara, 27, and Siham Benabdallah, 23.
Douglas Young has been sentenced to 61 months in prison, and Nicole Young has been sentenced to 54 months in prison. The Youngs have also been ordered to pay restitution of $849,052.87.