Miami Police Officers Charged with Identity Theft
Malinsky Bazile and Vital Frederick are accused of using data from the state's driver's license database to file fraudulent tax returns.
Former Miami police officers Malinsky Bazile, 28, and Vital Frederick, 26, were recently arrested and charged with identity theft and tax 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," DataBreaches.net reports. "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.'"
"Then he took their personal information and filed bogus federal income-tax returns, all to score stolen refunds," writes The Miami Herald's Jay Weaver. "Bazile and fellow officer Vital Frederick, separately accused of tapping into the same database, were both arrested Thursday in the first-ever federal prosecution of identity theft and tax-refund fraud involving South Florida law enforcement."
"The perpetrators of this type of fraud have been as diverse as the victims they prey upon," Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo said in a statement. "To date, we have prosecuted Social Security office employees, hospital employees, clinic workers, former NFL players, gang members and violent criminals, to name a few. Today, we sadly add law enforcement to the list of thieves."