December 30, 2012
The Dallas Morning News
Financial fraudsters are increasingly getting help from an unlikely source: prison inmates. Identity theft rings are borrowing or stealing prisoners’ Social Security numbers to use in financial crimes against the government, such as posing as legitimate applicants to steal student loan money or unemployment benefits, or filing bogus tax returns to obtain unearned refunds. A federal crackdown has led to an increase in prosecutions against identity thieves across the country, but authorities estimate they are missing many more such crimes, which typically are committed by rings involving hundreds of people....
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