Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Angelo Ponds, 32, of Miami Gardens, Fla., and Sean Guillaume, 31, of Miramar, Fla., were both recently sentenced to prison for their involvement in a stolen identity tax refund (SIRF) scheme.
Ponds was sentenced to 48 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and Guillaume was sentenced to 94 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, Guillaume worked for an unidentified medical laboratory testing company where he had access to medical records containing names, birthdates and Social Security numbers (personal identity information, or PII).
Guillaume used that access to steal and sell 5,000 individuals' PII to Ponds, with the knowledge that Ponds would use the PII to file fraudulent tax returns seeking refunds.
Both Ponds and Guillaume pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and one count of aggravated identity theft.