TEN INDICTED FOR PRETEXTING IN "OPERATION DIALING FOR DOLLARS"
Ten people were indicted by a federal grand jury in Seattle in connection with a scheme to illegally obtain confidential information on more than 12,000 citizens across the country. To obtain confidential tax, medical and employment information, workers at BNT Investigations in Belfair, Washington, would pose as another individual to get government agencies including the IRS, the Social Security Administration, and various state employment security offices to provide confidential information. The year-long investigation dubbed, "Operation Dialing for Dollars," also revealed that some workers posed as representatives of doctors' offices to get medical or pharmacy records.
"This indictment alleges that private investigators across the country illegally obtained confidential information and sold it to the clients who hired them," said United States Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan. "This is a very serious matter, the investigation is continuing and it is our intention to go after these 'clients' if we can prove that they knew this information was obtained illegally."
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