Ex-Miami cop gets 12 years for ID theft, tax fraud

 

A fired Miami police officer was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for stealing hundreds of people’s names from a Florida driver's license database to score $140,000 in fraudulent income-tax refunds.

Malinsky Bazile, 28, was convicted in October of swiping the names of 700 women with common last names and using their Social Security numbers to file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service in 2012.

The IRS not only issued the refunds, but loaded them onto debit cards. Bazile was caught on videotape withdrawing the money from ATMs at local banks.

— JAY WEAVER

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