A former tenant has admitted to federal officials that she stole her landlord’s identity, and tried to run up expenses on the landlord’s credit cards.
The tenant was working for the IRS at the time, and used that role to access the landlord’s personal data, according to a report.
The credit card agency suspected fraud, and at one point placed a hold on the cards while attempting to contact the landlord.
According to prosecutors, the former tenant intercepted those notices and then used fake IRS letterhead to try to obtain more personal information from the landlord in order to remove the hold on the cards.
The woman faces a minimum two years in prison for the crime.
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