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Deputy Sheriff, Clerk Sentenced for Stealing Children's ID From City Database


JAMAICA NY - A former city employee and a deputy sheriff have been sentenced for a tax fraud conspiracy scheme involving the theft of children's identity.

According to Department of Investigations Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn, Danielle Vaught, 32, admitted in August 2005 to misusing a Social Security number she accessed through the city computer system. Rose was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to her role


Hearn said Vaught, who worked as a data-entry clerk at the Administration for Children's Services' Archer Avenue field office in Jamaica, used her work computer to access confidential records belonging to children, such as Social Security numbers, and sold the information to David Thomas, a former city Finance Department deputy sheriff.


Thomas used the names and Social Security numbers to fraudulently claim them as dependents on tax returns that he prepared for his clients. Thomas was sentenced in August to 30 months in federal prison for his role in the scheme. The city began its investigation following a complaint that Thomas had offered to sell three names and corresponding Social Security numbers for use as dependents on tax returns, Hearn said.


Source: Times Ledger



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