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Thief Steals Lives!

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“False face must hide what the false heart doth know,” Shakespeare

     After sharing Ms. Ashley’s letter with you guys yesterday, can you believe I came across an article that I felt compelled to share just to put some flesh to what had occurred to her and too many others.

Today’s CrimDivas is, Rhashema Deramus, 23 of Montgomery, Alabama.  If you have been keeping up with these posts you have seen several that are related to the wide-spread fraud going on with TAX RETURNS in connection to identity theft, and that is exactly why the courts have charged, convicted, and sentenced this young woman to 10 years in prison, and ordered her to pay almost $2 million in restitution.

According to court records, Ms. Deramus, the ringleader and others stole 881 individuals personal identity information: names, dates of birth, and social security numbers from Troy Regional Medical Center.

This is how the crimes were uncovered.  In March 2011, as a result of numerous suspicious withdrawals from local ATMs, law enforcement agents sought and ultimately identified a vehicle associated with the withdrawals.  During a traffic stop of a vehicle, which was occupied by Rhashema Deramus and two other members of her ring and which had been stolen, officers found 165 prepaid debit cards issued in other people’s names.  Other items, including a computer, containing stolen personal identifying information were also located in the vehicle.  Agents then obtained a search warrant for Deramus’ residence and during the search, agents located 276 more debit cards, computers, and thousands of pieces of personal information belonging to other people.  Later, in November 2011, agents discovered another 88 prepaid debit cards in Deramus’ possession. Ultimately, the investigation revealed Deramus’ ring possessed, at a minimum, 520 prepaid debit cards, on which $1,198,063 in fraudulently obtained tax refunds had been placed, and over 7,000 stolen names and personal identifiers of other people.

“Wow!  The biggest tragedy though are the victims (7000), whose lives have been turned upside down through the theft of their personal identifiers and the effect it has on their credit history and ability to file a legitimate tax return.

What’s  alarming is the IRS is processing these tax returns with no checks and balances in place.

 

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