Three Florida men are accused of defrauding at least 11 banks by opening up accounts, filing fake face tax returns and getting fake Social Security cards and driver’s licenses. Some of those victims were apparently from the Tri-State.
A federal grand jury in Cincinnati indicted Adesh Bissoon, Michael Joseph and Victor Torres on Thursday. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers said the scheme netted the three more than a million dollars.
Over the past eight years, investigators say the three used the dark web to get victims’ personal information. They’d open financial accounts in their names and request convenience checks in high dollar amounts.
They registered LLCs to try to get business credit cards with high credit limits.
They filed fake filed tax returns which meant some of the victims’ tax refunds and stimulus checks went into accounts controlled by Bissoon, Joseph and Torres.
Bissoon was out on bond until investigators say he committed new crimes. He’s accused of trying to defraud a bank of $150,000 while claiming to be the victim of unauthorized bank transfers.
All three face conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. They could face more than 60 years in prison if they’re convicted.