ID theft puppet master convicted of huge tax refund scam

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The kingpin of a far-reaching identity theft scheme that targeted 16- and 17-year-olds, prison inmates and US soldiers – including some deployed to Afghanistan – has finally been convicted after his case wound through the courts for years. The scam, which dragged on for three years and netted $9 million worth of ill-gotten gains, involved names of fake tax-preparation businesses, tax-refund bank products such as blank-check stock, and mail-route addresses to send the fraudulent IRS refund checks to, provided courtesy of paid-off US postal workers.

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