Thursday, February 6, 2014

Police Officer Sentenced for ID Theft, Tax Fraud

A former City of Miami police officer, Vital Frederick, has been sentenced to 81 months in prison for misusing access to the state drivers' license database.

According to the U.S. Attorney, Frederick exploited the police databases to steal identities and sell the information, believing they were to be used to commit tax fraud.

"As a sworn police officer, Vital Frederick, pledged to protect the public. Instead, he abused that trust to victimize those he swore to protect."
- US Attorney, Southern District Florida, Wilfredo Ferrer
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Sources:
(a) Former City of Miami Police Officer Sentenced on Corruption Charges - www.justice.gov, 01/30/2014

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