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Josue Faustin, 21, of Miami, Fla., was recently sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a fraud scheme using stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns.
Faustin was also ordered to pay $43,591.90 in restitution.
According to court documents, Faustin used stolen identities to file tax returns that falsely claimed refunds, requesting that the refunds be deposited directly into NetSpend debit card accounts that Faustin had opened in the identity theft victims' names.
A Coral Springs, Fla., police officer apparently watched Faustin as he went to CVS and 7-11 stores and bought prepaid credit cards on May 17, 2012. Faustin then went to ATMs and withdrew money.
When Faustin was pulled over for a traffic stop, he was found in posession of $5,881 in cash, three cell phones, 15 NetSpend debit cards loaded with approximately $30,000 from tax refunds, and four newly purchased debit cards.