Hollywood man convicted in identity theft scheme

Hollywood man convicted in identity theft scheme

A Hollywood man was convicted in an identity theft scheme with fraud totaling $117,000 in victims’ tax refunds, the U.S. State Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Jonathan Torres-Bonilla, 36, was convicted of two counts of access device fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 28 years.

Authorities say that Torres-Bonilla used multiple debit cards at various ATMS while at the Aventura Mall on Nov. 25, 2011.

Officers tracked him down at the mall’s garage where he tried to flee in a minivan, but was taken into custody.

At the time of his arrest, he possessed 28 pre-paid debit cards with $117,000 in others’ tax refunds, more than $1,700 in cash and dozens of ATM receipts. He also refused to provide police with identification, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Torres-Bonilla is scheduled for sentencing March 9.

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