School food service employee among 25 charged with ID theft

THE YOU CAN LOOK THERE ANY TIME UNDER OUR TOP STORIES SEVERANCE THE IDENTITIES OF HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS ALL STOLEN. THE VICTIMS RANGE ACROSS SEVERAL GRADES, SOME OF THEM JUST MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER CARLOS SUAREZ IS LITE LIVE TONIGHT IN EL PORTAL AT HORSEMAN MIDDLE TO EXPLAIN. THE FEDS CHARGED 25 PEOPLE, MANY IN SEPARATE CASES, FOR STEALING THE IDENTITIES OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. NOW, IN ONE OF THOSE CASES A SCHOOL CAFETERIA WORKER WAS CAUGHT UP IN A SCHEME WHERE INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE TARGETED STUDENTS’ INFORMATION NOT ONLY AT THIS SCHOOL BUT ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTY TO HELP FILE THOSE FAKE TAX RETURNS. IT’S THE SAME SCRIPT WITH A DIFFERENT CAST. THE FEDS CHARGE 25 PEOPLE WITH STEALING THOUSANDS OF IDENTITIES TO CLAIM TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX REFUNDS. A SWEEP THAT INCLUDED TAX PREPARERS, A CORRECTIONS OFFICER, A MAIL CARRIER, AND A SCHOOL CAFETERIA WORKER. IN THIS SWEEP ALONE, MORE THAN 13,000 IDENTITIES WERE STOLEN AND USED TO COMMIT THIS FRAUD. Reporter: THE MOST GRECIAN OF THE GROUP SAID THE U.S. ATTORNEY WAS A FOOD SERVICE MARKET HORSEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE FEDS ALLEGED 40-YEAR-OLD PAM WILL YOU GRANT TOLD THE IDENTITY OF HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS TO FILE FAKE TAX RETURNS. OVER THE COURSE OF MORE THAN A YEAR, APPROXIMATELY 400 STUDENTS IDENTITIES WERE STOLEN FOR THE MIAMI-DADE SCHOOL PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM RESULTING IN 216 FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS BEING FILED TO THE I.R.A. Reporter: A MOVE PARENTS SAY SHOULDN’T COME AS A SURPRISE. EVERY YEAR STUDENTS TO HAVE FILE PAPERWORK FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES. WITH THE APPLICATION YOU HAVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, YOU HAVE THE BIRTHDAY, THE STUDENT’S FIRST AND LAST NAME, SO MAYBE THAT’S HOW IT’S BEING TAKEN. Reporter: THE SCOPE OF THE I.D. THEFT IS COUNTY WIDE. THEY INCLUDE STUDENTS A HIALEAH HIGH, CORAL REEF SENIOR HIGH, THE TERRA ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE AS WELL AS CAROL CITY HIGH SCHOOL, PALMETTO AND KILIAN SENIOR HIGH. THE VOLUME OF IDENTITIES IS ENORMOUS AND JUST IN THIS INVESTIGATION THE F.B.I. PURCHASED ALMOST 7500 STOLEN IDENTITIES FROM THESE IMPOSTERS. A MAIL CARRIER WAS ALSO ACCUSED OF SWIPING TAX DOCUMENTS FROM MAILBOXES ON HIS ROUTE, AND A TAX PREPARER WAS BUSTED IN DAVE FOR ALLEGEDLY FILING $22 MILLION IN FAKE TAX RETURNS. THE FEDS PUT THE NUMBER OF FAKE TAX RETURNS AT A LITTLE OVER $36 MILLION OF WHICH THE I.R.S. AND YOU, THE TAXPAYER, PAID ABOUT $10 MILLION. AS FOR THAT CAFETERIA WORKER, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS ME SHE NO LONGER WORKS HERE. SHE’S ALSO BEEN RELEASED ON

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