In my XX number of years (I refuse to give my age out) of living on this planet, I have seen a lot of things happening. Of course, who hasn’t in their own lives as well, right? However, I have been very fortunate to have been blessed with loving parents (though they only lived a short time on this earth), and once a very loving sister of whom I am now estranged with, and have not even seen in six years.
I have had the fortunes to travel the world, especially through India and Thailand. I have seen both very rich and very poor people, and all kinds of technological growth. I also have been for the most part financially blessed as well, and never really had to struggle yet with finances too much. Though, I do have to admit, I do suffer from high levels of anxiety. But who doesn’t right?
Well, to add to this, I have also have had a keen interest on the state of political affairs in this country. I think the most memorable presidential election I have seen was the 2000 one, with Bush and Gore, and ultimately, the Supreme Court deciding.
And yes, I also remember when Clinton defeated Bush back in the 1992 elections, with the ever so famous song from Fleetwood Mac, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow”.
Now, I can never forget the election of 2016. I try to remain apolitical as much as much as possible, but I was disgusted with the results. And today, I have to be honest, although I love this country dearly, and I am extremely proud of my US citizenship, I feel like moving to Canada.
I am so fed up with the controversies of this current administration that I cannot even stand to look at the news anymore. In fact, even I can’t keep up with all of the latest, it seems like there is something new happening every day.
And today, it seems like a new controversy has been added. Apparently, a private investigator was fined by the IRS $14,794.96 in restitution for using President Trump’s Social Security number to try to obtain his tax information from them. He was also sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
The name of this individual is Jordan Hamlett, and apparently, started a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online and tried to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to gain access to the president’s tax information.
Apparently, he tried to do this on six different attempts, was caught, and plead guilty in 2016. Why this took so long to come out? Well, I guess it’s probably the time that was needed to find this person, and bring him to justice. You know, the court system in this country although the best in the world for protecting the rights of the accused, is a very slow moving process, especially when it comes to prosecuting cases at the federal level, such as this one.
According directly to the prosecuting attorney in this particular case: “Attempts to obtain federal tax information of any American through fraudulent or deceptive practices by illegally using personal identifying information will not be tolerated. Every American up to and including the President of the United States should enjoy a certain level of comfort knowing that his personal identifying information is not being used for illicit purposes.” (SOURCE: https://www.scmagazine.com/private-eye-sentenced-for-using-presidents-social-security-number-to-get-tax-info-from-irs/article/762764/).
I recently wrote a post on tax day and how Cyber attackers are out that day especially, trying to get your social security number in order to get your legitimate and hard earned tax return. Yes, we might all complain to great levels how much we hate the IRS, and how much that we don’t want to pay up. But, hey, no matter how screwed up or behind the times the IRS is, this is the one agency that is actually brining in money in order to support our great nation.
But despite how long it takes to get hold of an IRS agent, or the time it takes to get a response back from an audit that you might be under (hopefully this never happens to anybody – I received once a CP 2000 letter, and it was extremely scary – though I did nothing wrong), you have to give the IRS credit for one thing:
They are armed with the latest technologies and the best trained agents in order keep your social security number and your taxpayer information safe from the hands of the Cyber attacker.
The moral of the story: As usual, you should never try to defraud the government on any level, especially if you are thinking of stealing social security numbers to get tax refunds. Heck, even the state of Illinois, of which I live in, even despite its bankrupt state of affairs, has the brightest and the best out there nailing Cyber attackers on this aspect.
So, although we may find every fault with out government, you have to give them credit for one thing: They are working than ever before us from becoming a victim of Identity Theft.