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Friday, July 16, 2021

Ocala man claims someone stole identity, filed taxes, claimed stimulus check while he was imprisoned

An Ocala man who was released from prison earlier this year is alleging that someone stole his identity, filed taxes, claimed a stimulus check, and tried to create a bank account with his identity.

On June 11, an Ocala Police Department officer received a report about the use of a man’s identify by an unknown person to create an online bank account with Chimes Bank.

The man reported the suspect used the account to obtain a type of bank card and filed a tax return with the IRS to get a tax refund and stimulus payment in his name, according to the incident report.

The man, who reported he was released from prison in 2021, says he didn’t find out about the matter until earlier this month through the bank.

According to an email sent to the officer, Chimes Bank is working on the matter and the man has not lost any money from the account. He says he is still seeking his money due from the IRS, the report stated.

The bank account records that were sent to the officer indicate the card was being used on the account from December 2020 to June 2021. The information also shows deposits to the account from the IRS, according to the report.

The case remains open.