Man accused of stealing identities to get fraudulent tax refunds
A 20-year-old North Miami man turned up in Miami federal court on Monday, to face accusations of identity theft and tax fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.
Josue Faustin was indicted on 20 charges that include conspiracy, possession of unauthorized debit cards, aggravated identity theft, and theft of government property involving a debit card scheme, prosecutors said.
Faustin is accused of using stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns and claim refunds. He requested the refunds be direct-deposited into Netspend debit card accounts, which Faustin had opened in the names of the unwitting identity theft victims. He subsequently went to various ATMs in Coral Springs and withdrew funds from the Netspend debit card accounts, according to the indictment.
If convicted, Faustin faces between one and ten years in prison on each of the 20 counts filed against him, court records show.
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