TAMPA — The crackdown on an income tax fraud and identity theft scheme in the Tampa Bay area has ensnared a man whose family owns a Tampa clothing and cash checking store, records show.
A criminal complaint filed late last week in federal court by the U.S. Secret Service accuses Nedal Ahmad of using his family's Empire Street Wear since last year to defraud the U.S. Treasury.
The 25-page complaint says Ahmad was cashing what he knew to be fraudulently obtained Treasury checks. He is charged with attempting to commit mail fraud. In one instance, the complaint says, Ahmad took "spurious" Treasury checks valued at more than $3,000 and gave the person $500 and a pair of tennis shoes.
Ahmad's family owns Empire Street Wear, whose website says has locations on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa as well as in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Ocala.