Three FL Officers Charged, One Sentenced, For Selling Identities And Tax Fraud – eCrimeBytes Nibble #1

This is an interesting case where police officers were the criminals selling stolen identity information:

In Belliard’s case, he is accused of selling State of Florida Department of Corrections Daily Intake Lists that included 805 names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of inmates at the South Florida Reception Center (SFRC) to an FBI confidential source. When confronted by an FBI agent after the fourth transaction, Belliard handed over the cash he had just received. He also admitted to selling the lists and to knowing that they would be used for tax refund fraud.

Bazile and Frederick allegedly misused their access to the D.A.V.I.D. (DAVID) driver’s license database to find identity information to be used for tax refund fraud. Bazile allegedly systematically ran searches on the database for women in a particular age range, e.g., he would run a search on DAVID for females in Florida aged 57 to 61 with first names beginning with “A” and last name “Martinez.” Bazile screened the profiles of over 1,000 people from his targeted searches. Within days of his searches, the IRS received fraudulent returns in some of those names.

Caught after Internal Affairs installed a keylogger on his laptop and he was photographed withdrawing money from ATMs using debit cards issued for the fraudulent tax refunds, Bazile “signed a written confession where he admitted (1) that he used DAVID on his MPD-issued computer to find personal information of victims to file fraudulent tax returns; (2) that he withdrew money from pre-paid debit cards loaded with fraudulent tax refunds of these victims at ATMs; and (3) that he made approximately $130,000 to $140,000 in 2011 and 2012 from the scheme.

Frederick also allegedly misused his access to the DAVID database and provided a confidential source with 52 individuals’ identity information in two separate transactions. In his case, the identity information sale seemed secondary to a bigger role he allegedly played in protecting a courier for a check-cashing service involving fraudulent checks.

There was an article about one of the officer’s sentencing:

A former City of Miami Police officer was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison Thursday for participating in an identity theft scheme, authorities said.

Vital Frederick, 27, was sentenced to 81 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release following his conviction on four counts of interference with commerce by extortion, one count of access device fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said.

Frederick will also have to pay more than $18,000 in fines and forfeitures.

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