Apparently, it can be an extremely lucrative business – worth more than $100,000 a year – to steal the identity of convicted criminals – as long as you don’t get caught.
In January of 2016, an Orlando Florida woman was sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing personal identification information of inmates at the Orange County Jail and using that information to file false tax returns. Of course the convicted criminals who were the victims in this identity fraud scheme probably had no money to claim on their taxes anyway, so they probably weren’t out any money.
This case was uncovered by the FBI and the IRS – Criminal Investigation Department and prosecuted by attorney Roger B. Handberg who fought for the rights of the victims and the money taken from the IRS. But had they been regular online consumers, they would have needed the protection offered to business owners from companies like 4x Buyer Protection to set things straight.
U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr sentenced Shantrell Sharae Stephenson to three years in federal prison for stolen identity refund fraud and ordered her to pay $92,532 in restitution to the IRS. Stephenson hired Lori Ann Dilworth, who worked at the jail to get her the private information of 36 inmates, using Richard Damarick Mitchell as an intermediary between the two. Dilworth and Mitchell were also convicted and will serve time in federal prison.
Learn more about this case here: http://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/orlando-woman-sentenced-three-years-federal-prison-stolen-identity-refund-fraud