Department of Social Services - Alamance County - 10/01/2014

Rakecia Matrese Brame, a former social worker for the Alamance County Department of Social Services in North Carolina, pled quilty to identity theft, tax, and fraud charges. According to court documents, Brame was employed as a social worker from 2009 to 2011 and was responsible for investigating claims of abuse and neglect against minors and disabled adults. She had authorized access to their system which included names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of Alamance DSS clients. Brame used her access to identifying information contained in Alamance DSS records to illegally obtain the personal identifying information of clients and others. She would then sell that information to two tax preparers at the Greensboro branch of Nothing But Taxes, a tax return preparation firm.  They used the stolen identities to claim false dependents on tax returns they prepared for Nothing But Taxes clients, inflating tax refunds on their clients' behalf.