Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Last defendant in tax scheme pleads guilty

MIAMI — A Broward County man has pleaded guilty to participating in an identity theft tax scheme that netted him and his co-defendants more than $200,000.

Michael Ali Bryant of Lauderdale Lakes is scheduled to be sentenced April 11. The 41-year-old pleaded guilty Friday to two counts related to identity theft. He is the last of five co-defendants to plead guilty in the case.

According to federal court documents, an unidentified person tried to buy drugs from Bryant, but Bryant instead offered to sell personal identity information.

The individual purchased about 250 names, with Bryant providing instructions on how to use the information to obtain online tax refunds.

The investigation found the personal data came from a medical services provider where Bryant's co-defendant worked. Authorities identified 226 false claims linked to Bryant.

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