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florida cops committing tax/identity theft, again

frankfrank Posts: 13,292 AG
first the cop in miami,

now tampa:

TAMPA — He was a detective. She was a sergeant. Together, Eric and LaJoyce Houston drew salaries totaling $177,054, with a combined 40 years on the job.

But two years ago, jail recordings picked up collusive chatter between the wife and Rita Girven, a Tampa police informer who was close to both Houstons.

The scrutiny that followed led to a 14-count federal indictment Tuesday accusing the veteran Tampa cops of conspiring with Girven and enriching themselves by at least $239,116.91 through one of the decade's most maddening crimes — stolen identity tax refund fraud.

The indictment doesn't say who filed the tax returns but it tells of fraudulent refunds going to pay off the Houstons' charge card bills in 2011 at Target, Home Depot, JCPenney, Sears and Best Buy, and paying for work on their swimming pool.

LaJoyce Houston was named first in the document and faces the most charges, including two that relate to stolen identities.

Prospective victims — in some cases, deceased — came right out of Tampa Police Department databases, including state driver and motor vehicle records, the indictment said. Authorities allege the databases were mined for names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.


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