Examples of Identity Theft Investigations – Fiscal Year 2016

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IRS, Last Updated August 3, 2017 The following examples of Identity Theft Investigations are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where the cases were prosecuted. Two Maryland Men Sentenced for Roles in Massive Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Scheme On Sept. 21, 2016, in Washington, DC, Wayne Gardner, of Capitol Heights, and … Read More

“Illegitimate cards:” Officials recover bundle of 1,300 gift cards; 700+ bought with stolen information

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POSTED 10:15 PM, APRIL 15, 2017, BY DERICA WILLIAMS, UPDATED AT 10:27PM, APRIL 15, 2017 WAUKESHA COUNTY — Instead of a brick of drugs, stacks of gift cards possibly worth just as much were found taped together in Waukesha County. Law enforcement says nowadays they’re seeing a different type of theft and financial scheme. But despite crimes changing, so is the technology to … Read More

Waukesha Co. Sheriff’s Department recovers 1,300 cloned Walmart gift cards

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POSTED 6:52 AM, APRIL 11, 2017, BY TRISHA BEE WAUKESHA — Waukesha authorities are investigating after 1,300 Walmart gift cards containing stolen credit card information were recovered. In February, a local Waukesha County business owner reported a suspicious looking package to local law enforcement. The responding officers identified a bag that was partially covered in snow and frozen to the ground. Officials … Read More

3 busted in Hoover with credit cards cloned from gas pump skimmers

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Carol Robinson, AL.com, March 2016 Three Cuban Nationals are in custody in connection with a credit card skimming/cloning scheme, Hoover police said today. The men were arrested March 21, said Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. Police were contacted by Regions Bank corporate security investigations about several men making multiple fraudulent purchases at the Patton Creek shopping center. Officers, who had … Read More

S&T’s Prepaid Card Reader Aids Law Enforcement in Seizing Fraudulent Cards

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Department of Homeland Security, August 2015 During arrests of criminal couriers, law enforcement officers rarely find bundles of cash wrapped in rubber bands anymore. Instead, they find stacks of plastic cards — bank credit and debit cards, retail gift cards, library cards, hotel card keys, even magnetic-striped Metrorail cards — that have been turned into prepaid cards. The Department of … Read More

In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme

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Marc Santora, May 2013 It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.’s … Read More

Biggest IRS scam around: Identity tax refund fraud

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60 Minutes, Sept 2014 Con artists have been filing bogus tax returns and collecting millions. Steve Kroft finds out how far the scam has gone and why the IRS hasn’t been able to stop it. The following is a script of “The Tax Refund Scam” which aired on Sept. 21, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Ira Rosen, producer. There … Read More

Financial Crimes: Moving Money Using Prepaid

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Arlene Hauben, Prepaid Press, May 2014 Stolen identity fraud is one of a number of financial crimes that continues to be a big problem for the average citizen and government. A retired senior in Florida, Jerry Z filed his tax return in 2011 and was expecting a $9000 refund, until his accountant called to tell him the refund was denied. … Read More