FEDERAL COURT

Miami cop convicted of ID theft, tax fraud

 

jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

A Miami cop who stole 1,000 identities from a police database to score fraudulent income-tax refunds was found guilty in federal court Thursday.

Malinsky Bazile, 28, collected about $140,000 from the scam in 2011-12.

Bazile, who joined the Miami Police Department in 2008, was immediately taken into custody while he awaits sentencing.

Bazile’s prosecution marked the first time a South Florida law enforcement officer was convicted of identity theft and tax-refund fraud, a crime that has spread across the state.

The 12-person federal jury in Fort Lauderdale took less than one hour to convict Bazile, whose trial started Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Berger prosecuted Bazile’s case, which was investigated by an FBI anti-corruption task force, including Miami internal affairs detectives.

Before his arrest earlier this year, Bazile had helped the FBI target another Miami cop, Vital Frederick, suspected of committing the same type of crime. Frederick, 27, was standing trial this week in Miami federal court, with closing arguments on Thursday. A jury will begin deliberations Friday.

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