- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Two Waterbury men have been sentenced in separate identity theft cases.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says Julio Trinidad was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for his role in using stolen identities to collect fraudulent tax refund checks.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty in February to stealing public money and aggravated identity theft. The U.S. Treasury lost $7.5 million from the thefts.

Prosecutors say Bernard Brantley was sentenced Wednesday to two years behind bars for his participation in collecting victims’ social security numbers, birthdays and other personal information and giving it to a woman who filed tax returns with large refunds. About $2.5 million was filed with more than $1 million lost.

Brantley pleaded guilty to conspiracy in February must pay nearly $400,000.

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