What's the Ideal Job for an Identity Thief? IRS Tax Examiner!


Joshua Doubek

From the records of the United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: the tale of a gang of identity thieves working out of the Internal Revenue Service's Northern District of Georgia office. They were busted just before the recent tax season. So your most recent data is safe. From them. For now.

IRS Employee Orchestrated Identity Theft Refund Scheme Using Taxpayer Records

On December 10, 2013, in the Northern District of Georgia, IRS Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge was indicted for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud.

According to court documents, as part of her official IRS duties, Sledge had access to taxpayers' personal identifiers, including names, Social Security Numbers (SSN), dates of birth, and addresses, and information about tax professionals. Sledge used this access in furtherance of an identity theft scheme which included the filing of fraudulent tax returns and the subsequent theft of refunds. With information from IRS computer systems, Sledge provided taxpayers' personal information to her coconspirators.

Hey, if you're gonna pilfer other people's personal information and steal their money, you might as well get government bennies while you do it.

Sledge received four years and nine months in prison for her misdeeds, which victimized 60 taxpayers. The status of her pals in the scheme is unclear.

But chances are, your tax returns are still, totally, hacker bait.

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  1. But, it has been urged, that without the means of confiscating the wealth of those who actually make and produce and furnish services, we would be unable to finance the military industrial, national security, national surveillance and prison building sectors and therefore be overrun by boogeymen and mujahedeen.

  2. Wasn't there some move in Congress just recently after the Target data breach that would require some type of timely, that is immediate, public notification of said breach?

    This was seven months ago. Why no public disclosure and publicity at the time?

    1. The legislation in question did not apply to government agencies, only to private businesses and other NGO's.

      The reality is that everyone's info is already compromised. If I want your SS# bad enough and have your name and current address it's usually out there on a black market site somewhere.

      The IRS has had a giant uptick in fraudulent return filings over the last four or so years. They used to get 50-60K a year in fraudulent checks sent out after being filed, but they are now in the 1-2 million range.

      They estimate the IRS has handed out over $20 BILLION in fraudulent returns over the last three years or so. That's a low estimate at best, and the money is already spent and gone.

      I help people unravel this mess for a living and this problem is not going away anytime soon.

  3. Oh, those zany irs employees! As Obama says, they may do 'boneheaded' things, but who doesn't?

    "Why no public disclosure and publicity at the time?"

    Yeah. And it's weird there's no mugshot photo of the convicted missy sledge...

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