Identity thieves target Aventura Police officers, city employees

Report: 6 arrested as part of ID theft

Published On: Nov 14 2012 05:53:08 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 15 2012 11:15:29 AM EST
Aventura Police Department
AVENTURA, Fla. -

Six people were charged with stealing the identities of 55 people, including 49 Aventura Police officers and several city employees.

Aventura Police Major Skip Walsh said he and many of his coworkers found out over lunch.

"I saw this thing on the news for tax fraud. I made a call to a hotline, hotline said, 'Oh, yes, you've been compromised,'" said Walsh about the detective who told the story. "A lot of the people in the police department as well as the city started calling the hotline. And, the hotline was saying, 'Yes, you've been compromised.' 'Yes, you've been compromised.'"

The suspects filed fraudulent taxes using dates of birth and social security numbers of 49 Aventura Police officers and several city employees.

According to published reports, an undercover investigation led police to a family of six in Pompano Beach who are accused of using the money to make car payments and child support payments. Their IP address had been used to file 432 tax returns over two weeks.

Jeffery McCarthy, Christopher McCarthy, Marysol Hernandez, Teresa Calderson, Brian Gamble, and Floyd Harper were all arrested.

Walsh couldn't comment on the investigation, but did say that, as a victim, trying to undo the fraud has been frustrating.

"It's difficult. It's a paper chase, there's no doubt about it," said Walsh.