- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal officials say 40,500 Oregon residents were affected by a multimillion-dollar tax fraud scheme that ran from 2013 to 2015.

The Oregonian reports (http://goo.gl/NvGpXI ) the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon says six people are suspected to have stolen personal information from more than 250,000 people to seek $25 million in tax refunds. Authorities believe the scheme generated $4.7 million in profits.

The group obtained names, addresses and Social Security numbers of Oregonians by targeting a Lincoln City background-check company. CICS Employment Services discovered the breach in January 2015 and alerted officials in 15 states.

Court documents don’t indicate where the other data breaches occurred.

Five men involved in the scheme are scheduled to go to trial in May. A sixth man was arrested earlier this month in Georgia and will be extradited to Oregon.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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