Second Fraudster Pleads Guilty in UPMC Breach Case

Hacked Employee Data Used in Fake Tax Filings

A federal court has ordered the deportation of a Venezuelan citizen who is the second person to plead guilty for their role in a conspiracy to commit more than $2 million of tax fraud using identities stolen by hackers from a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employee database.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Maritza Maxima Soler Nodarse pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

According to the terms of her plea, a federal judge sentenced Nodarse to a “time served” sentence, which represented approximately 16 months incarceration. She also agreed to be immediately deported back to Venezuela, federal prosecutors say.

Other Co-Conspirators

Nodarse is the second person to plead guilty for their involvement in alleged crimes related to the filing of approximately 935 false U.S. federal tax returns using identities belonging to hundreds of UMPC employees whose personal information was stolen in an intrusion into UPMC’s database in 2014.

In April, Yoandy Perez Llanes, a Cuban national, pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. He awaits sentencing on Aug. 18. He was extradited to the U.S. from Venezuela last August.

Prosecutors say that early in 2014, “tens of thousands of present and former employees of UPMC” had their personal information compromised by hackers, who intruded into a UPMC database and stole names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal identifying information.

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Source: Bank Info Security