Thursday, July 10, 2014

Corrections Officer Guilty of Prisoner ID Theft, Tax Fraud

A corrections officer in Florida, Jerry St. Fleur, has pleaded guilty to stealing inmates identities and using them to file fraudulent tax returns.

St. Fleur used his access to the state Department of Corrections database to obtain names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of current and former inmates without their knowledge, according to the indictment.

"St. Fleur allegedly filed 182 fraudulent income tax returns using the stolen [inmate] information in order to get more than $500,000 worth of refunds."
- US Attorney's Office, Tampa
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Sources:
(a) Former corrections officer pleads guilty to wire fraud, identity theft - www.TBO.com, 07/09/2014

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