TAMPA — A Riverview mail carrier who tried to sell nearly $20,000 of fraudulent tax refund checks was arrested, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday.
Mail carrier Orville Dwight Hylton, 40, faces a charge of theft of government property after he tried to sell the fraudulent checks at a discount, a federal complaint says. The checks came from the same postal ZIP code where Hylton delivers mail, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Also Tuesday, a federal judge announced a sentence for a Tampa man in another tax fraud case. A judge sentenced Rodney Andre McCray, 31, of Tampa to 18 months in federal prison for his participation in a scam that diverted more than $78,000 in fraudulent refunds — some for dead people — into a bank account in McCray's name. The judge also ordered McCray to pay back the IRS.