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Articles Tagged with identity theft

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pexels-photo-534204-300x16729 current and former federal, state, and local officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Tallahassee, FL, last week for allegedly actively working to defraud the government and taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The scheme was allegedly orchestrated by a County Executive Director of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, who is accused of stealing federal drought assistance funds and covering up his actions through identity theft, tax evasion, and other federal crimes with a criminal network of almost 30 people.

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action-adult-care-339620-300x169The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida has announced that Michael Jerome Atkins was arraigned on November 21 for allegedly defrauding a senior citizen out of her retirement savings.

Atkins, 60, was charged with mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. The press did not say if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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pexels-photo-164501-300x200David John Ridling of Vero Beach, FL, was indicted this month for his alleged connection to a scheme to defraud multiple banks, a financial services provider, and a business out of more than $50 million.

Ridling, 57, was charged with 10 counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, nine counts of money laundering, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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David J. Miller of New York was indicted in federal court last week for allegedly stealing $3.6 million from the city of Miami Beach.

Miller, 45, faces 20 counts of bank fraud, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested in Syracuse, New York on unrelated identity theft charges on May 31. Sources say he is going to be transferred to Florida for his arraignment. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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Deputy Frantz Felisma of Boynton Beach, Florida was arrested on December 23 for allegedly providing an identity thief with personal information in exchange for $10,000 a month. Felisma, 42, faces charges for conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and access of a computer in furtherance of a fraud. He was ordered held without bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Felisma was named by Kesner Joaseus of Wellington. Joaseus, 47, is an alleged identity thief who pleaded guilty to federal charges in two cases last year after a search warrant sweep of his home turned up personal information of identity theft victims that he reportedly used to fraudulently open bank accounts and lines of credit.

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