Alabama resident Vernon Harrison has been indicted for conspiring to file false income tax claims, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and embezzlement from the mail. According to the Justice Department, Mr. Harrison used his position as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier to obtain debit cards that were sent to addressees on his Montgomery postal route.
Postal Worker Stole Debit Cards from Mail to Use in Tax Fraud Scheme
Using the debit cards, Mr. Harrison and his co-conspirators engaged in a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) conspiracy. They filed fraudulent income tax returns using the stolen identities. Mr. Harrison was paid to provide the debit cards to a co-conspirator.
If he is convicted, Mr. Harrison faces a substantial prison term, fines, mandatory restitution, and forfeiture.
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