A federal grand jury indicted a former Social Security Administration worker and two others for stealing IDs, according to officials.
According to the indictments unsealed Thursday, Sharon Coffee-Dean, a former Social Security employee, Kishore Jattan and Michael Bratton were each indicted for aggravated identity theft, illegally using stolen social security numbers and fraudulent activity in connection with identification documents.
The defendants are residents of Queens, New York, officials said.
Coffee-Dean was also indicted for conspiring to defraud Social Security. Bratton was also indicted for conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to officials.
The indictment against Coffee-Dean alleges that from approximately December 2011 through January 2012, she stole the IDs of 41 people from Social Security records, which she then sold to other individuals who used them to file fraudulent tax returns with the IRS.
The indictment against Jattan alleges that while working as a messenger, from April through June 2012, he stole student IDs from packages he delivered for a University located in New York. He sold the stolen IDs to other individuals who used the IDs to file fraudulent tax returns.
The indictment against Bratton alleges that from January 2011 through June 2012, he purchased stolen IDs, which he provided to a co-conspirator for the purpose of filing fraudulent tax returns, according to officials.
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