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Juvenile probation officer charged in tax fraud scheme

Published:   |   Updated: January 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

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TAMPA His job was to supervise juveniles who had gotten in trouble with the law.

But authorities say Corey A. Coley Sr. used his job to steal from federal taxpayers.

Coley, a probation officer for the state Department of Juvenile Justice, was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to defraud the federal government.

According to an IRS arrest affidavit, Coley used his access to DJJ databases to obtain personal information of juveniles who had been under supervision. That information was used by a conspirator to file tax returns in an effort to obtain fraudulent tax refunds.

Along with Coley, the IRS arrested an alleged conspirator, Albert E. Moore Jr., who works at Walmart.

In addition to DJJ information, the two are accused of using information from online databases of deceased people and other information to file fraudulent tax returns.

Tampa leads the nation in stolen identity tax refund fraud.

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