- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida man has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to identity theft and cashing stolen government checks.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Victor Diroggiero of Miami cashed more than 100 stolen tax refund, Social Security and other government checks over several months in 2009. All of them were cashed at a North Miami check cashing store.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro on Thursday ordered Diroggiero to pay $745,000 in restitution to victims. He’ll also be on probation for three years after his release from prison.

Prosecutors say South Florida is one of the nation’s leaders in identity theft and fraud involving government programs.

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