Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael J. DePalma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Tom Caul, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG), and Steven Steinberg, Chief, Aventura Police Department, announced today that Natoya Mashea Handy, 30, of Miami, was sentenced for her participation in a tax refund scheme using stolen identities to convert government monies for her own use.
Strengthen the Integrity and Protection of the Social Security Number
Good afternoon, Chairman Nelson, Ranking Member Collins, and members of the Committee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and I thank you for the invitation to testify. Today, we are discussing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) transition to electronic payments and related concerns, including identity thieves’ fraudulent redirection of Social Security benefits.
BROOKLYN, NY – Earlier today, two indictments were unsealed charging eight men and one woman from Long Island, New York, with conspiring to commit wire fraud, stealing identities, and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants employed at 7-Eleven franchise stores located throughout Long Island and Virginia.
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that William Lyman Agnew, 55, of Cripple Creek, Colo., was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Tom Stagg, to 51 months in prison with three years supervised release for identity fraud, passport fraud, possession of stolen goods, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Mario Soto, 37, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of illegal sale of a United States social security card, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 12 months’ probation. In addition, Angel Pagan, 50, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of possession with intent to use or transfer unlawfully five or more identification documents, was sentenced also by Judge Arcara to 12 months in prison followed by 3 years supervised release.
James L. Santelle, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that O’Brain J. Lynch (age 28) of Jamaica, pleaded guilty to wire fraud. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Lynch is believed to be the first Jamaican national charged in the United States for this type of fraud.
Social Security recipients in Milwaukee and elsewhere were the targets of fraudsters claiming to be from a Jamaican lottery, according to federal court documents.
The recipients were promised big payouts as soon as they forked over an "advance fee," also described as a tax, insurance fee or customs duty that must be paid to release the winnings.
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a former Twin Cities personal care attendant was sentenced for stealing the identity of a minor in her care. United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Charnell Alene Hudson, age 40, unknown residence, to 42 months on one count of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, as well as pay restitution to the victims. Hudson was indicted on July 23, 2012, and pleaded guilty on November 19, 2012.
Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip, New York, Grigoriy Dekhkanov, a Queens resident, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for his role in a mail fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
In 2005, SSA implemented the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) to assist employers with accurate wage reporting and increase the ease and convenience of verifying employee names and Social Security numbers.
SSA developed several fraud detection reports to help detect whether registered companies were properly using SSNVS. The SSNVS Failed Master Earnings File (MEF) check report helps ensure there is an employer/employee relationship between the user and individual verified.