He never lived to fulfill his retirement plan of moving back to a quiet life in the Catskill mountains of New York, not far from where he grew up on Long Island.
Instead, he was gunned down on his daily mail route in December 2010 by members of an identity theft ring who stole his master key as part of a scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds."
Read that article. There is one thing that SCREAMED out at me.
Criminals obtain the vital numbers using various tactics, often by bribing office workers with access to personnel files inside companies, as well as large public institutions such as hospitals and schools, according to prosecutors.
One North Miami man, Rodney Saint Fleur, was charged last year with using the LexisNexis research service account at the law firm where he worked to access names and Social Security numbers of 26,000 people as part of an identity theft scheme, according to court documents.
People who are SUPPOSED to protect our information, are not. They are selling it or allowing it to be accessed illegally.
And people ARE dying and being killed because of these Identity Thieves.
The below links are the the Government websites about ID Theft.
Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft page
Federal Bureau of Investigation Identity Theft page
US Department of Justice Identity Theft Page
If you think you are a victim of identity theft first contact your local police then contact the feds.