A woman who was recently convicted of helping to lead a massive identity theft
ring was also able to work the system so that she received unemployment benefit checks while serving time.
Tracey Nelson, who stole a large number of identities from her former employer and provided them to a 55-member fraud ring, was recently caught receiving unemployment checks from the state of New York, according to a report from the New York Daily News
. The reason for this, according to her attorney, is because "technically she was unemployed."
Nelson's original crimes led to the theft of more than $2 million thanks to ID fraud, that targeted a charity, banks and a car dealership, the report said. Her unemployment payments came both prior to and after she went to jail for the crimes. Adam Levin
, the chairman for IDentity Theft 911, has a regular blog about the ways identity theft can affect consumers, and how they can do more to protect themselves from this type of crime.
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