Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:37 PM
Tuesday Afternoon (56,910 posts)
The gunman, Pikerson Mentor, 31, was sentenced last month to life plus 42 years.
Florida hit by "tsunami" of tax identity fraud
By David Adams | Reuters
MIAMI (Reuters) - Bruce Parton was only a few weeks from retirement after 30 years as a mail carrier in sunny Florida.
He never lived to fulfill his retirement plan of moving back to a quiet life in the Catskill mountains of New York, not far from where he grew up on Long Island.
Instead, he was gunned down on his daily mail route in December 2010 by members of an identity theft ring who stole his master key as part of a scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds.
Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, criminals are filing phony electronic tax forms to claim refunds, exploiting a slow-moving federal bureaucracy to collect the money before victims, or the Internal Revenue Service, discover the fraud.
Parton was a victim of what officials say has ballooned into a massive, and dangerous, illegal industry that could cost the nation $21 billion over the next five years, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)
Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:48 PM
dkf (37,305 posts)
1. And so we should ban guns because that would make it impossible for a band of thugs to get one?
Or are you thinking the postman should have had a gun?
I don't know where you are coming from.
Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #2)
Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:54 PM
dkf (37,305 posts)
3. I'm just curious because I don't think gun control would have helped much here.
Personally I think anything effective would be a complete violation of a number of rights...
Response to dkf (Reply #1)
Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:14 PM
gejohnston (16,679 posts)
4. some did until Nixon turned the PO to
the semi corporate USPS. There used to be a postal regulation requiring it. Of course, that was when people mailed cash to pay bills and ordered stuff COD.