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Sometimes they're not after your tax refund

January 25, 2012

Fraudulent tax refunds are a big moneymaker for identity thieves. The Justice Department tax division so far this week has announced nine indictments, convictions or sentencings for identity thieves.

Here in Iowa, identity theft apparently can have other uses. From an Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation press release:

Today, Friday, January 20, 2012, Zachary Edwards, age 29, from Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested and criminally charged with Identity Theft, an Aggravated Misdemeanor (Iowa Code 715A.8(2))...

According to the Criminal Complaint, on June 24, 2011, Edwards fraudulently used, or attempted to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz and/or Secretary Schultz’s brother, Thomas Schultz, with the intent to obtain a benefit, in an alleged scheme to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office.

Until Friday Mr. Edwards worked for a consulting firm linked to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The firm has this testimonial from the Senator on their web site:

The folks at LinkStrategies have been helping me win campaigns since 1996. Whether it is managing campaigns or handling research, their specialty is doing quality work while finding smart, creative solutions to problems. In a tough fight, there is no question that I want LinkStrategies in my corner.

This isn't the first time someone linked to Senator Harkin has had troubles with the law:


Ramona Cunningham and Senator Harkin at the dedication of the Harkin Learning Center at CIETC headquarters.

But Ms. Cunningham's scandal was more old school, fragrant of sex and money.

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