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  • Drop Off Shredding At Our Location!

    Posted on April 30th, 2014 admin No comments

    Miami’s Leader for Confidential Paper Shredding and Data Destruction

    secure paper shreddingMicroShred specializes in shredding documents for residential, business and government organizations. If you have confidential and sensitive information that you would like completely destroyed, you can come to our location in Miami and watch it get shredded yourself.

    Don’t leave any opportunity for identity thieves to jump on! Shredding all your personal information is imperative. Trust the South Florida shredding experts at MicroShred, LLC for all your document and hard drive destruction needs! Materials are destroyed beyond recognition, reconstruction and readability. No need to remove paper clips, staples, binder clips or other fasteners. We shred everything!

    Upon completion, you are issued a Certificate of Destruction certifying the time and date your materials were destroyed.

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    • Paper
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    We are members of NAID (The National Association for Information Destruction), an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services who sets national standards for data destruction. Our primary objective is to protect and safeguard your confidential information with the highest level of security and value in the market.

    Trusted By Many Industries Throughout Miami & South Florida

    Our diverse clientele includes government offices, schools, healthcare agencies, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and law offices. We have established these relationships by providing our clients with superior security, outstanding customer service and cost effective pricing. No matter the type of organization, or whether you need to comply with FACTA, HIPAA or Gramm-Leach-Bliley regulations, MicroShred is your answer for confidential shredding services.

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  • IRS Refunded $4B to Identity Thieves

    Posted on November 25th, 2013 admin No comments

    More fraudulent refunds were sent to Miami than any other U.S. city — but 655 were sent to a single address in Lithuania, according to an inspector general’s report.

    The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday. The IRS sent a total of 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 refunds went to a lone address in Shanghai.

    In the U.S., more fraudulent returns went to Miami than any other city. Other top destinations were Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Houston.

    The IRS has stepped up efforts to fight identity theft, but thieves are getting more aggressive, said the report by J. Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration. Last year, the IRS stopped more than $12 billion in fraudulent refunds from going to identity thieves, compared with $8 billion the year before.

    “Identity theft continues to be a serious problem with devastating consequences for taxpayers and an enormous impact on tax administration,” George said in a statement. The fraud “erodes taxpayer confidence in the federal tax system.”

    Thieves often steal Social Security numbers from people who don’t have to file tax returns, including the young, the old and people who have died, the report said. In other cases, thieves use stolen Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns before the legitimate taxpayer files.

    The IRS, which takes pride in issuing quick refunds, often sends them out before employers are required to file forms documenting wages, the report said.

    “The constantly evolving tactics used by scammers to commit identity theft continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS, and we take this issue very seriously,” the IRS said in a statement. “The IRS has a comprehensive and aggressive identity theft strategy that focuses on preventing refund fraud, investigating these crimes and assisting taxpayers victimized by it.”

    Despite budget cuts, the agency said, agents have resolved more than 565,000 cases of identity theft this year, three times the number of cases resolved at the same time last year.

    A separate report by George said the number of identity theft victims is on the rise as thieves get more aggressive.

    Through June, the IRS identified 1.6 million victims whose identities were stolen during this year’s tax filing season, the report said. That compares with 1.2 million victims in 2012.

    Many of these people didn’t realize they were victims until they submitted their returns only to learn from the IRS that someone else had already used their Social Security number to file and claim a refund.

    The IRS does a good job of eventually identifying the proper owner of Social Security numbers, but the process can be lengthy, the report said. For cases closed between August 2011 and July 2012, it took an average of 312 days to resolve the case and issue a proper refund, the report said.

    The IRS said it has resolved most of this year’s identity theft cases within 120 days.

    Last year, the IRS issued 1.1 million refunds to people using stolen Social Security numbers, the inspector general’s report said. Those refunds totaled $3.6 billion. By comparison, the IRS issued $5.2 billion in refunds to people who stole Social Security numbers in 2011, the report said.

    Additionally, the IRS issued 141,000 refunds last year to people using stolen taxpayer identification numbers, which are typically used by foreign citizens who earn money in the U.S. Those refunds totaled $385 million, the report said.

    Florida is a big target of identity theft in part because of the large number of older residents living there. Older and younger people can be targets for identity theft because many don’t meet the income requirements to file a federal tax return.

    Nearly 38,000 potentially fraudulent refunds, totaling $147 million, were sent to addresses in Miami, the report said.

    Among individual homes, one address in Orlando received 580 tax refunds totaling $870,000, the report said. Another Orlando address received 291 refunds totaling $466,000.

    Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has introduced a bill that would toughen criminal penalties for people who file fake tax returns under someone else’s name. The bill would also require the IRS to get legitimate taxpayers the refunds they’re due within 90 days.

    “While these reports show that some progress is being made in reducing tax fraud, it’s also clear that there is still much to be done and there are still a number of improvements that need to be made to protect both taxpayers and the U.S. Treasury,” Nelson said.

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  • Document Destruction for Miami & South Florida

    Posted on November 25th, 2013 admin No comments

    Miami’s Leader for Confidential Paper Shredding and Destroying Data

    MicroShred, LLC offers several types of shredding services depending on your needs. We use highly trained, responsible and bonded service personnel to handle your confidential data. We also provide free estimates and a 30 day risk free trial for qualified companies interested in our mobile route services.

    All destruction is done by our mobile shredding trucks. We will come to your home or place of business and shred your confidential material without interfering with your daily operations. You may, of course, witness the process at any time. The materials are destroyed beyond recognition, reconstruction and readability. No need to remove paper clips, staples, binder clips or other fasteners. We shred everything!

    Upon completion, you are issued a Certificate of Destruction certifying the time and date your materials were destroyed. The obliterated material is then transported to our secured recycling facility. MicroShred recycles all of the paper that we’ve destroyed.

    Fully Licensed, Bonded & Insured

    We are members of NAID (The National Association for Information Destruction), an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services who sets national standards for data destruction. Our primary objective is to protect and safeguard your confidential information with the highest level of security and value in the market.

    Trusted By Many Industries Throughout Miami & South Florida

    Our diverse clientele includes government offices, schools, healthcare agencies, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and law offices. We have established these relationships by providing our clients with superior security, outstanding customer service and cost effective pricing. No matter the type of organization, or whether you need to comply with FACTA, HIPAA or Gramm-Leach-Bliley regulations, MicroShred is your answer for confidential shredding services.

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    MicroShred, LLC
    19593 NE 10th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33179         

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  • Confidential Paper Shredding For Miami & South Florida

    Posted on October 16th, 2013 admin No comments

    South Florida’s Leading Company for Secure Paper and Data Destruction

    MicroShred, LLC offers several types of shredding services depending on your needs. We use highly trained, responsible and bonded service personnel to handle your confidential data. We also provide free estimates and a 30 day risk free trial for qualified companies interested in our mobile route services.

    All destruction is done by our mobile shredding trucks. We will come to your home or place of business and shred your confidential material without interfering with your daily operations. You may, of course, witness the process at any time. The materials are destroyed beyond recognition, reconstruction and readability. No need to remove paper clips, staples, binder clips or other fasteners. We shred everything!

    Upon completion, you are issued a Certificate of Destruction certifying the time and date your materials were destroyed. The obliterated material is then transported to our secured recycling facility. MicroShred recycles all of the paper that we’ve destroyed.

    Fully Licensed, Bonded & Insured

    We are members of NAID (The National Association for Information Destruction), an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services who sets national standards for data destruction. Our primary objective is to protect and safeguard your private information with the highest level of security and value in the market.

    Trusted By Many Industries

    Our diverse clientele includes government offices, schools, healthcare agencies, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and law offices. We have established these relationships by providing our clients with superior security, outstanding customer service and cost effective pricing. No matter the type of organization, or whether you need to comply with FACTA, HIPAA or Gramm-Leach-Bliley regulations, MicroShred is your answer for confidential shredding services.

    Paper Shredding Regulations

    MicroShred offers many secure shredding solutions for every confidentiality need:

    On-Site Scheduled Routes – Daily, weekly, monthly and semi-monthly scheduled route services are available. With this program, several sizes of stylish and office-friendly bins are provided at no charge to easily store, lock and secure all sensitive materials designated for shredding.

    Off-Site Document DestructionWhile our core business is mobile/on-site document destruction, we will provide off-site shredding services at no extra charge when a client requests it. MicroShred’s customer service representatives will come to your location, collect the material designated for destruction and safely transport it to our  facility to be destroyed immediately upon arrival.

    Occasional Purge Program – For those requiring annual, one-time or occasional shredding service, we offer a specially priced purge program.

    Excess or Rejected InventoryProtect your company from possible ID theft by destroying inventory that is overstocked, damaged or outdated. Products such as CDs, DVDs, magnetic tapes/discs, audio/video tapes, films/microfiche, plastic ID cards, x-rays, uniforms, labels, pill bottles and any other medical or commercial products of plastics and light metals can be easily destroyed by our trucks.

    Computer Hard Drive Destruction & DisposalMicroShred’s shredding trucks are equipped with two independent powerful shredders, one for paper shredding and the other designed to destroy computer hard drives and related media. The shreds are kept uncontaminated by one another in separate compartments for recycling purposes. This allows both paper and hard drives to be shredded on the same service stop.

    Financial Record DestructionMicroShred can handle all your financial record shredding needs. Utilizing truck-mounted powerful industrial shredders, we provide a secure, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method to dispose of highly confidential documents. Our mobile units come to you and shred all sensitive material at your location, under your supervision.

    Medical Record DestructionDid you know that medical records are one of the primary targets for identity thieves? Thieves can steal your identity to get health services or insurance under your name. And just like your credit history, it’s important to keep track of your medical records, shredding any copies of them the second you’re done.

    Legal Document DestructionIt’s a well established fact that attorneys who deal with their clients’ financial activities fall under the mandated provisions of the Financial Modernization Act of 1999 – better known as the Gramm-Leach  Bliley Act, or GLB. If your practice menu includes real estate closings, financial planning, or estate planning – or if you represent a client in any other financial area – you fall under GLB guidelines.

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  • Miami identity theft sweeps nets 45 arrests.

    Posted on October 14th, 2013 admin No comments

    MIAMI – Federal authorities in South Florida say a weeklong sweep targeting identity theft-tax fraud crime has resulted in charges against 45 people in 30 separate cases.

    Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says the cases were investigated by the South Florida Identity Theft Tax Fraud Strike Force. That unit includes federal agencies as well as state and local law enforcement.

    Ferrer says those charged were responsible for at least 22,000 stolen or compromised identities. Many were insiders that used jobs at places such as health care providers, restaurants, schools and prisons to gain access to the identities.

    The identities were used in attempts to claim more than $38 million in fraudulent tax refunds. Of that amount, about $11.5 million was actually paid out in these latest cases.

  • Miami cop convicted of ID theft, tax fraud.

    Posted on October 14th, 2013 admin No comments

    A Miami cop who stole 1,000 identities from a police database to score fraudulent income-tax refunds was found guilty in federal court Thursday.

    Malinsky Bazile, 28, collected about $140,000 from the scam in 2011-12.

    Bazile, who joined the Miami Police Department in 2008, was immediately taken into custody while he awaits sentencing.

    Bazile’s prosecution marked the first time a South Florida law enforcement officer was convicted of identity theft and tax-refund fraud, a crime that has spread across the state.

    The 12-person federal jury in Fort Lauderdale took less than one hour to convict Bazile, whose trial started Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Berger prosecuted Bazile’s case, which was investigated by an FBI anti-corruption task force, including Miami internal affairs detectives.

    Before his arrest earlier this year, Bazile had helped the FBI target another Miami cop, Vital Frederick, suspected of committing the same type of crime. Frederick, 27, was standing trial this week in Miami federal court, with closing arguments on Thursday. A jury will begin deliberations Friday.

    (source)

  • Free Shredding Event Tomorrrow!

    Posted on October 12th, 2013 admin No comments

    http://www.1888pressrelease.com/free-miami-shredding-event-october-13th-2013-pr-493579.html

    Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) October 04, 2013

    Come to our free, secure and confidential paper and hard drive shredding event in Miami! Shredding documents is a key step in identity theft prevention.

    When:
    October 13th 2013
    10am-2pm

    Where:
    North Miami Beach Police Department
    16901 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33162

    * The limit of shredding is 5 boxes per person. Hard drive destruction is $10.00 each hard drive, paid in cash to MicroShred employees.

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    About MicroShred, LLC:
    We provide certified paper and media shredding services and confidentially destroy all personal / business information under your supervision with our mobile shredding trucks.

    MicroShred, LLC offers several types of shredding services depending on your needs. We use highly trained, responsible and bonded service personnel to handle your confidential data. They pass stringent background checks periodically and wear a MicroShred clearance badge. We provide free estimates and a 30 day risk free trial for qualified companies interested in our mobile route services.

  • Coral Gables police arrest ‘apartment burglar’.

    Posted on June 26th, 2013 admin No comments

    Coral Gables police arrested convicted felon Mark Lodigensky in connection with a number of apartment burglaries in the city.

    Lodigensky, 59, faces a series of charges, including numerous counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling, trespass, third-degree grand theft and criminal mischief. He was arrested on June 5.

    In May, the police department released images of a man caught on surveillance video at an apartment complex in Coral Gables as he peered through the front glass doors. Residents from several high-rise complexes had complained of thefts since the new year, including a break-in in February at a building on Madeira Avenue that led to the loss of $10,000 in jewelry, a Rolex watch and $1,500 in damages to an apartment’s front door.

    Police arrested Lodigensky, who has a criminal record dating to the late 1970s, including a series of break-ins in Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade in 1986, after receiving a tip. An individual said he called Crimestoppers when he recognized the man from an image that ran with a Miami Herald story in May on the apartment break-ins.

    “I don’t know the guy, per se, but I’m good with faces,” the caller said Tuesday, asking that his identity be withheld.

    Lodigensky was last released from prison in December. He is being held at Metro West Detention Center. His bond totals $250,000 on the Gables charges but, in addition, there is a federal marshall’s hold on his release and more charges are expected, said Gables police spokesman Dean Wellinghoff.

    “This was a good case, a good arrest,” Wellinghoff said Wednesday.

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  • Decades on, kin of serial killer’s victims after wrongful arrest want answers.

    Posted on June 26th, 2013 admin No comments

    The arrest of Jerry Frank Townsend on Sept. 5, 1979 ended the hunt for a brutal serial killer and rapist who had terrorized a predominantly African-American neighborhood in northwest Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    But it began an enduring miscarriage of justice.

    Townsend spent 22 years of his life in prison until he was exonerated by DNA tests that did not exist when he was arrested. Eddie Lee Mosley remained free to continue to rape and kill until his 1987 arrest and confinement in a state hospital for the criminally insane.

    The deaths of 10 women and children who were murdered after Townsend’s wrongful arrest have been linked to Mosley by DNA testing or other evidence.

    Now, relatives of three of those victims are calling on longtime Broward State Attorney Mike Satz – who is up for re-election – to finally investigate the actions of police detectives whose testimony convicted Townsend.

    “It matters a hell of a lot,” said Clarice Tukes, 72, whose 20-year-old daughter, Arnette, was raped and strangled five months after Townsend’s arrest. “My daughter would still be alive if they hadn’t arrested the wrong man.”

    “I want this reopened,” said Jacquelyn D. Miller, the daughter of Geraldine Barfield, whose body was found in a field adjacent to the Immanuel Church of God in Christ near Sunland Park on Dec. 19, 1983. She was 35.

    “I’ve carried this with me 28 years. I want Michael Satz to tell me why he allowed this to happen, why a killer was allowed to remain on the streets,” she said.

    Compared to Jack the Ripper

    Satz was in his first term as Broward’s top prosecutor when Townsend was arrested.

    The case captured the public’s imagination: A black serial killer compared by police to Jack the Ripper. Townsend, they said, had admitted to wanting to “rid the world of prostitutes.”

    The victims, however, were not prostitutes.

    Townsend, a grown man with the mental capacity of a child, was led by detectives to confess to a string of rapes and murders he did not do. He was convicted of six murders and a rape in 1980 and sent to prison for life.

    In 2009, eight years after DNA proved his innocence, the Broward Sheriff’s Office agreed to pay $2 million over five years to settle a civil rights lawsuit alleging that its detectives fabricated evidence, concealed exculpatory evidence, tampered with witnesses and coerced false confessions out of Townsend.

    Miami, where city detectives were accused of similar wrongdoing against Townsend, paid $2.2 million to end another suit before trial in 2008. Taxpayers spent at least $1 million more to pay lawyers to defend the police.

    Broward Bulldog reported in 2009 that transcripts of Townsend’s Broward trial and hearings contain disturbing evidence of crimes like perjury and the falsification of police reports by BSO detectives and other officers. Several relatives recently saw the story.

    For example, BSO detectives testified that Townsend led them to the scene of four Broward murders, and provided them with details only the killer would have known.

    But Townsend wasn’t the killer. So the detectives’ damning testimony takes on new meaning.

    There is no statute of limitations on perjury in an official proceeding that relates to the prosecution of a capital felony. Whether the law could be enforced regarding original police testimony against Townsend is unclear because today’s statute is somewhat different than what was on the books in the 1980s.

    Nevertheless, neither Satz, Broward’s state attorney since 1976, nor the Broward Sheriff’s Office has investigated the actions of the BSO detectives whose testimony sent Townsend to prison, Mark Schlein and Anthony Fantigrassi.

    The settled lawsuit contended those detectives framed Townsend to advance their careers. Schlein has declined to discuss the case. Fantigrassi has said he never lied to convict Townsend.

    Fantigrassi retired as head of BSO’s Criminal Investigations Unit in 2005. Schlein retired in 1993 as a lieutenant colonel, later worked for the state and is today an attorney in private practice in Tallahassee.

    The lawsuit said Mosley is believed to be responsible for 41 rapes and 17 murders between 1973 and 1987, when he was declared incompetent to stand trial for the 1983 Christmas Eve rape-murder of Emma Cook, 54.

    Victims and their families Katrenna Bentley, a hedge fund accountant, was 11 years old the day her grandmother died. She still vividly recalls seeing her battered body on a slab at the Mizell Funeral Home.

    “I remember her laying on the table and seeing skin under her nails and hair in her mouth. They said she fought back, bit him in the head,” Bentley said. DNA from that trace evidence was matched two decades later to Mosley.

    Katrenna and her mother, Mary Bentley, Emma Cook’s daughter, both said they want the state to investigate the actions of the police who handled the Townsend case.

    “Every Christmas I relive this and get a sick feeling in the bottom of my stomach,” said Mary Bentley, 61. “If they had investigated it properly from the beginning they could have caught Mosley earlier and he wouldn’t have ended up killing my mom or the other people. They should pay.”

    “I would love to see that happen,” said Calvin Sapp, 68, a semi-retired construction worker and older brother of victim Geraldine Barfield. “It seems like very seldom that people of color get the type of justice that they give everybody else.”

    The victims’ relatives are not alone in wanting an investigation.

    Justice served?

    Broward’s elected public defender, Howard Finkelstein, said, “The fact that these officers were allowed to lie and cheat to frame an innocent man, and then were allowed to go on with their lives as though they did nothing wrong and nothing happened is not only illegal, it’s a sin.”

    Finkelstein said Townsend’s case is “the best example” of a local criminal justice system where authorities have for decades often ignored the crimes of police officers that plant evidence or commit perjury to make cases against suspects.

    “That they turned a blind eye to such a heinous crime is the exact reason that most minorities in Broward feel they don’t get a fair shake – and they’re right,” said Finkelstein said.

    Satz, who rarely talks to reporters, referred a request for comment to a subordinate who said prosecutors reviewed the Townsend case before the DNA tests were done and found insufficient evidence of perjury.

    “In regards to the officers involved in that case, we know what it takes to charge someone with perjury,” said Assistant State Attorney Carolyn McCann. “People on the outside don’t know about the elements of the crime. They just think that if it smells bad and looks bad it’s a crime. In a perfect world, that would work. But we have to follow the law and can’t just harass people.”

    Broward prosecutors, however, have made little effort to actually make such a case. Asked if her office ever confronted Fantigrassi or Schlein about their graphic testimony at Townsend’s trial, McCann said, “Not that I’m aware of.”

    A study released in May by the National Registry of Exonerations showed that Broward accounted for nine of Florida’s 32 exonerations since 1989 – more than twice as many as any other county in the state. Most of those exonerated defendants were black.

    Townsend, who lived in Hallandale Beach at the time of his arrest, is one of two Broward men cleared of murders now attributed to Mosley. Frank Lee Smith spent 14 years on Death Row for raping and killing 8-year-old Shandra Whitehead in her bed in 1985. He died of cancer on Jan.30, 2000, less than a year before DNA tests identified Mosley as the girl’s killer.

    Three weeks before Townsend’s 1979 arrest, Fort Lauderdale police Det. Doug Evans identified Mosley – known around his northwest area neighborhood as “The Rape Man” – as the prime suspect in the rape-murders in his jurisdiction. Evans based his case on witness testimony and physical evidence, but the BSO detectives blew him off.

    Evans later helped catch Mosley and free Townsend. Before his death in January 2011, Evans told the Broward Bulldog that he was disappointed authorities had never investigated police misconduct that had caused Townsend’s wrongful arrest and conviction.

    Evans’ friend and colleague, ex-Fort Lauderdale Det. Roy Brown, said, “Doug always pushed for an investigation, always wanted one, but it’s been a hard rock. They let it sleep, they let it lay and they moved on and there’s no justice and nobody is held accountable for it. You’ve got to want to pursue them.

    “The public should have a right to know this stuff: A serial killer running around killing people and nobody cared,” said Brown.

    Clarice Tukes, whose daughter Arnette was murdered not long after Townsend’s arrest, was Doug Evans’ cousin.

    “They knew who it was that did it. They knew Townsend didn’t do it, Mosley did. Doug told the whole family he did it. He said he didn’t know why they won’t take his word. That hurts,” said Tukes.

    Her grandson, Dominick Richardson, was 3 years old when his mother died. He’s grown now, with three children of his own. His daughter Arnette is named in his mother’s honor, Tukes said.

    (source)

  • Identity thief moves quickly to make purchases.

    Posted on June 25th, 2013 admin No comments

    A fast-moving identity thief took only 45 minutes to charge more than $1,000 during a shopping spree, and now authorities want to quickly find the identity of the thief.

    The Broward Sheriff’s Office Tuesday released surveillance video taken on March 15 at two Target Stores in Hollywood, where detectives say the man used a credit card that was mailed to a Pembroke Park address. He was also seen visiting a Wells Fargo bank the same day.

    Investigators say the thief stole the identity information of a 52-year-old Miami Gardens resident in order to obtain the credit card.

    The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on the case to contact Detective Phillip Love at 954-964-0534 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.

    (source)