Florida law enforcement arrested two people for conspiring to defraud senior citizens. Police say Cathy McLain, a nurse at Brandywyne Healthcare Center in Winter Haven, Florida took personal identifying information, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other personal information from more than 80 patients at a Florida nursing home. The nurse is also accused of selling the personal identifying information to Derail Bess. Police believe Bess used the information on Turbo Tax and received thousands of dollars in tax refunds.
Family members can protect the elderly from identity theft by requesting a credit report on a regular basis. Credit reports will list all open credit accounts and current balances allowing family members to monitor credit accounts. If you have discovered unauthorized charges or accounts on your credit report and you have disputed the inaccurate info with the credit reporting agencies without success, contact identity theft attorney Micah Adkins for a free legal consultation.