- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A former corrections officer in northeast Florida has pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of jail inmates and filing false tax returns in their names.

Harold Bush Walbey III, who worked at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for 20 years, faces 55 years in prison and up to $2 million in fines.

Federal prosecutors say the 46-year-old Walbey used inmates’ Social Security numbers to open prepaid debit cards into which he funneled money from false tax returns.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/1u2AsVq ) reports that Walbey worked at the John E. Goode Pre-Trial Detention Facility when he took the information.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Malisa Choksi says Walbey requested a total of $257,000 in false refunds and received $110,000.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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