Former Georgia deputy sentenced in identity theft plot

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Phil W. Hudson
Staff Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle


Sean Lydell Street, 39, a former Richmond County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff, was sentenced Aug. 12 to two years in prison for stealing personal identification information to be used as part of a fraudulent tax refund scheme.

Street worked for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office from 2007 through 2012 and during the last part of 2011 and the first part of 2012, he used the personal identification information of more than 100 people, which he got through his work as a law enforcement officer, to create a list containing the name, birthdate, and social security number of each person, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

According to the evidence presented during the guilty plea and sentencing hearings, after creating the list, Street then passed it to an acquaintance knowing the information would be used to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. In exchange, Street hoped to gain at least $1,000 per stolen identity.

In total, people used the information from Street’s list to file 76 bogus tax returns, which claimed $414,826 in false refunds. The IRS paid a total of $76,424 in refunds prior to the discovery of the fraud, the FBI reported.

Phil W. Hudson is a finance, banking and general assignment reporter.

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