Health care organizations in Florida have been especially hard hit by criminal rings stealing health information to file false income tax returns and now 2,200 patients of the Florida Department of Health branch serving Orange County including the Orlando region have been victimized, along with about 1,300 other individuals.
WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, reports that two health department employees took photos of such information as name, birthdate and Social Security number, and then sent the information to the brother of one of the employees who filed the fraudulent tax returns. They targeted patients ages 17 and 18 who were not likely to have filed returns. WFTV, citing indictments, reports that about 3,500 individuals were affected.
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