About 2,000 Florida residents were potentially victimized by an employee of that state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DFCS) who accessed and used their PII to fraudulently make $260,000 in purchases.
Allegedly, state staffer Bertanicy Garcia, an interviewing clerk at the Miami DFCS, worked in conjunction with six accomplices to whom she distributed personal information gathered at her job enabling the gang to create fake credit cards and pull off tax fraud, The Gainsville Sun reported.
The investigation began in May when the sheriff’s office looked into Roxana Ruiz and Eduardo Lamigueiro when they opened multiple credit card accounts and used them to make several large purchases, The Sun reported. Information connecting the pair to Garcia was found on their cellphones leading to their arrest. However, they were released on bond and have since disappeared.
Lamigueiro allegedly sent Social Security information to Marcos Cobo-Gonzalez who used the information to commit tax fraud.