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ID Thief Sentenced to 11 Years

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 9, 2011

A North Carolina Veterans Affairs (VA) employee has been sentenced to serve 11 years in jail and pay $464,000 in restitution for stealing veterans' identities and filing fraudulent tax returns, reports WRAL. Michael Ray Woods ran a tax preparation business and used the information of disabled veterans--whose patient data he was to enter into a computer at his VA job--to create fake dependents, netting the filer more money and himself around $150,000 annually in fees. Woods was convicted of two counts of preparing false tax returns, 10 counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of identity theft and two counts of aggravated identity theft, according to the report.  
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