Malinsky Bazile, 28, of North Miami Beach, Fla., was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement in a stolen identity tax refund (SIRF) scheme.
He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $140,000 in restitution.
Bazile was convicted by a jury of one count of fraudulent use of unauthorized devices, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of exceeding authorized access to a protected computer, and one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices.
According to trial testimony, in 2012, Bazile used his access as a police officer to Florida’s driver’s license database to steal the identity information of approximately 700 middle-aged women with common last names. He used those stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns seeking refunds, then withdrew the refunded money at ATMs, where he was captured on video.
The Miami Police Department and the FBI searched Bazile’s home, where they found ledgers containing hundreds of people’s identity information.
Bazile told the FBI and the police that he earned between $130,000 and $140,000 from the scheme in 2011 and 2012.