Arrest in Miami Holocaust survivor tax scam

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

A Florida woman has appeared in court on charges of stealing the personal details of Holocaust survivors as part of a tax return scam.

Crystal Thorne, 23, was an administrator for a branch of the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program in Miami.

The role gave her access to the details of survivors who were involved with the organisation, including their addresses, birth dates and social security numbers.

She was arrested on Saturday and accused of attempting to sell the information of 30 people for a total of £640.

Ms Thorne was caught in a police sting and detained when she took the money from an undercover agent. She explained that she had sold the information "in hopes of getting a couple of dollars".

Last updated: 4:39pm, November 22 2011