Strengthen the Integrity and Protection of the Social Security Number
Beginning October 1, 2013, U.S. citizens and lawful aliens began using Health Insurance Marketplaces to obtain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Marketplaces review applications to determine their eligibility for, or exemption from, Insurance Affordability Programs. When an individual files an application, Marketplaces send their Social Security number (SSN), name, and date of birth to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS then electronically sends this identity information to SSA for verification.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:
Boston – A Florida man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Worcester today to participating in a scheme to steal more than $110,000 from the federal government.
Sniders Jean-Jacques, 26, of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to theft of public money. In June 2014, Jean-Jacques was charged in a felony information. Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
Article from The Inquirer here
A former social worker and three employees of a residential-care facility for the disabled have been charged with selling the identities of children in their care to help others cheat on their taxes - a scheme U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger described Thursday as "truly despicable."
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa:
Ronald Dwaine Carnes, 69, from Waterloo, Iowa, has been charged with four counts of Social Security fraud, two counts of identity theft, and one count of being a felon and fugitive from justice in possession of a firearm. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on July 22, 2014, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, here
BOSTON – Former Peabody man found guilty of purchasing false identity documents and receiving unemployment benefits.
Following a three-day trial, Renato de la Cruz, 40, was convicted of theft of public money, use of a falsely obtained Social Security Number, and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Oct. 14, 2014.